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2019 High Cotton winner Dahlen Hancock, center, with his sons Zach Walker, left, and Matt Hancock. Nominate a grower today!

High Cotton nominations underway

Top cotton producers sought throughout Cotton Belt.

Nominations are being sought for the 2020 class of High Cotton producers. Four growers will be selected from four regions across the Cotton Belt: the Southeast, Delta, Southwest and Western U.S. 

The award, sponsored by Farm Press, in cooperation with the National Cotton Council and the Cotton Foundation, acknowledges a grower not for his or her yields but what the nominee has done to improve the environmental aspects of his farming operation while producing a high quality, profitable cotton crop.


Greg Frey, left, senior vice president operations, Farm Press, congratulates 2019 High Cotton Award winners Cannon Michael, Western states, Los Banos, Calif.; Frank Rogers III, Southeast states, Bennettsville, S.C.; Dahlen Hancock, producer, Southwest states, New Home, Texas; and Steve Stevens, Mid-South states, Tillar, Ark.

"Our goal is to identify the top cotton producers in each major growing region and to share their successful production methods with the readers," says Brad Haire, Farm Press content editor. "The High Cotton winners will be selected based on their profitability, the consistent quality of their cotton, and their environmental stewardship, along with their involvement within their community and the cotton industry."

Nominees need to be cotton growers who meet three important criteria:

  1. The High Cotton nominee must be a full-time grower who gets a profitable return from producing cotton in one of the four Cotton Belt regions (Southeast, Mid-South, Southwest, and California- Arizona).
  2. The nominee must produce cotton of consistently high quality.
  3. The nominee must use environmentally sound production methods while producing a high quality, profitable cotton crop.
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    High Cotton award-- a solid bronze cotton boll cast from a real boll from a field of a high-quality cotton. The award was created in 1994 by Lane Campbell, a San Diego, Calf., sculptor.

The winner and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at Memphis, Tenn., where they will be honored at Farm Press' annual High Cotton breakfast. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 31, 2019. 

The 2019 High Cotton winners were: Frank Rogers, Southeast; Steve Stevens, Delta; Dahlen Hancock, Southwest; and Cannon Michael, West.

See, Honoring farmers for their stewardship efforts

To access a nomination form, click here or contact Sandy Perry, Farm Press High Cotton coordinator, at, or P.O. Box 1420 Clarksdale, Miss., 38614. 

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