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West Texas farmer receives Peanut Efficiency Award in Florida, grows organicsWest Texas farmer receives Peanut Efficiency Award in Florida, grows organics

Becker is one of three peanut farmers recognized from peanut producing states

Shelley E. Huguley

July 25, 2018

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Surrounded by his wife Megan, two sons, Madden and Macall, and his parents, Monty and Cathy Henson, Mason Becker received the 2018 Peanut Efficiency Award for the Southwest region at the 20th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference held at the San Destin Golf & Beach Resort on Miramar Beach, Florida.   

For the 19th year, Farm Press, in cooperation with the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, named three peanut farmers from three different peanut-producing regions with this award:

  • Southwest Region: Mason Becker, Terry County, Texas

  • Upper Southeast: Atwood McIntosh, Kingstree, South Carolina

  • Lower Southeast: Jimmy Miller, Snead, Alabama

See, Farm Press names Mason Becker 2018 Peanut Efficiency Award Winner

Each grower was presented a plaque and a video highlighting their efficient farming operation and practices. Becker, upon receiving his award, was quick to tell the crowd, his success isn’t only because of him.

See, Becker named Farm Press’s Southwest Peanut Efficiency winner

“I can stand here and thank people all day long for the honor of standing up here. It doesn’t solely rest on my shoulders, I’ve got a lot of good people around me -- I’ve been really fortunate for that,” says Becker as he thanks the crowd and Farm Press. “There’s a lot of producers that deserve to stand up here more than myself, I’m just fortunate to be listed among them.”

Following the presentations, the three PEA winners participated in a question and answer panel, fielding questions from the breakfast crowd.

See, PEA winners talk disease, organics, profitability

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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