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Jerry Hamill was credited for his success in producing bountiful cotton crops in an efficient, sustainable manner.

John Hart, Associate Editor

March 25, 2021

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Peers congratulate Jerry Hamill in his home in Enfield, N.C. for receiving the Cotton Producer Recognition Award during the virtual annual meeting of Southern Cotton Growers earlier this year. From left, David Parish, , CEO, North Carolina Cotton Producers Association; Ronnie Fleming, Scotland Neck, NC, Chad Mathis, Arlington, GA, Jimmy Webb, Leary, GA, Lewis Everett, Capron, VA, Ronnie Lee, Bronwood, GA, Allen McLaurin, Laurinburg, NC, Frank Rogers, Bennettsville, SC and Taylor Slade, Williamston, NC. All are cotton producers, with the exception of Parish. (Photo by David Ruppenicker/Southern Cotton Growers)David Ruppenicker

In addition to being  the High Cotton winner for the Southeast in 2021, Enfield, N.C. cotton famer Jerry Hamill received the Cotton Producer Recognition Award, the highest honor  presented by  Southern Cotton Growers each year.

Hamill was presented the award  in a ceremony during the virtual  annual meeting  of Southern Cotton Growers on Jan. 15. Following the virtual awards ceremony,  a number of Hamill’s peers visited Hamill at his home in Enfield to deliver the award in person. Hamill was recognized for his strong leadership and commitment to cotton over his more than 50 years as a cotton farmer.

In the virtual awards ceremony, Hamill was credited for his success in producing bountiful cotton crops in an efficient, sustainable manner. He was recognized for his early adaption of conservation practices on the farm and his willingness to incorporate new technologies and cultural practices.

“Jerry is always willing to share his  knowledge and experiences with his fellow growers. Leaving the land in pristine condition for future generations is his ultimate goal,” said David Ruppenicker, CEO of Southern Cotton Growers.

In addition, Hamill was recognized for his commitment and service to cotton industry organizations over his farming career. Hamill served as an alternate and director of Cotton Incorporated and was a director of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association. He also served on the Cotton Board and was a National Cotton Council producer delegate. He also served on the board of directors of Staplcotn from 2012 to 2015.

About the Author(s)

John Hart

Associate Editor, Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

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