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The Southern Cotton Ginners Association Annual Meeting features industry updates.

January 26, 2023

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Past President of SCGA, Sam Angel, leads the 2022 annual meeting.Brent Murphree

The Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Venetian Room at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis.

Southern Cotton Ginners Association executive vice president Tim Price said the annual gathering is an opportunity for cotton growers, cotton ginners, and others in the cotton industry to hear updates on research projects benefitting producers, what challenges are on the horizon for the industry, and recognize farmer/university partnerships.

Susan Yvonne “Evy” Jaconis, director of agricultural and environmental research for Cotton Incorporated will address the potential of cottonseed. Hank Reichle, president and CEO, Staplcotn, will give an outlook for the cotton industry and challenges ahead.

“National Cotton Ginners Association President Gene Seale will welcome attendees and provide a national update,” Price said. “And the Foundation trustees will update attendees on its activities for the past year.”

The Ag Achievement Award, which is presented each year to a farming operation and university that have worked together cooperatively to promote innovation, efficiency, quality, safety, conservation, and environmental practices. Kody Beavers and Louisiana State University AgCenter, are the 2023 recipients of the award.

“Each year we want to recognize Mid-South farmers and their university teams for the outstanding work to implement innovative practices, which are beneficial to farmers in many ways. Whether it’s improved soil health or greater productivity, the Ag Achievement Award winners work together to find those practices that support sustainability and farmer profitability,” Price said.

The Southern Cotton Ginners Association Honors Reception and Banquet will also be held on Feb. 23, at The Peabody Hotel. The banquet includes recognition of Ginner of the Year, Memorial Scholarship, and A.L. Vandergriff Pioneer Award recipients.

This year’s honorees are:

Ginner of the Year - Brad Williams, Burlison Gin Company, Inc., Burlison, Tenn.

Memorial Scholarship Honoree - David "Buddy" Cochran, Avon Gin Inc., Avon, Miss.

A.L. Vandergriff Cotton Pioneer Award: Kenneth Hood(posthumous), H.B. Hood & Sons, Gunnison, Miss. 

The Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation annual meetings are held the day prior to the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. The 2023 show is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 25 at the Renasant Convention Center, Memphis.

Show hours are Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 25, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the show. Attendee Registration is available at

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