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Listen to first-hand accounts from each of the 2024 High Cotton Award winners, while also catching a glimpse of their operations, families and employees.

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Farm Press and The Cotton Foundation celebrated their 2024 High Cotton producers at their annual awards breakfast Friday morning at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Memphis, Tenn. In addition to presenting each of the growers with a bronze cotton boll, a video featuring first-hand accounts by each winner about their operations was unveiled.

The Southeast region winner is Andy Wendland of Wendland Family Farms in Autaugaville, Ala. Richard Gaona, of Roby, Texas, took home the High Cotton Award in the Southwest. Edward Greer, Rayville, La., was recognized in the Delta, while Jerry Rovey, who farms near Buckeye, Arizona, represented the West.

Watch this video to learn more about their operations, the award, and the sponsors of this prestigious award.

The High Cotton Award is sponsored by Americot, BASF Stonevilee/FiberMax, Deltapine, Dyna-Gro, Helena, John Deere, PhytoGen and Syngenta.

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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