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.