Thursday, July 9, I went to Roby, Texas, in search of cotton stories from two area farmers and cotton industry leaders: Jeff Posey, the 2010 Farm Press High Cotton winner and chairman of The Cotton Board; and Richard Gaona, chairman of the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers.
I began my visit at 3J Posey Farms, accompanied by Lauren Decker, Rolling Plains Cotton Growers executive vice president. We visited in the shade of Jeff and Phiny Posey's barn and walked with the couple through their cotton fields, along with their son Joe, talking about the 2020 season and Jeff's year as chairman. My Rolling Plains visit concluded with a delicious roast lunch in the home of Richard and Judy Gaona, along with a quick stop in their fields for pictures. It was over 100 degrees.
But it was the unexpected that unfolded in the middle of those scheduled visits that made my day complete. Watch this video to learn more about 19-year-old Emily Branson and how she is using her artistic talent to highlight cotton production in her hometown while honoring the memory of her grandad Larry Williamson.
And if passing through Roby, be sure to stop by the Williamson-Branson Real Estate building at 108 E. South 1st Street and take a look at her masterpiece!