It’s hard to believe that Delta Farm Press will soon begin the process of selecting our 17th High Cotton Award winner. The selection process without question always reminds me of the abundance of excellent cotton producers out there who meet and in many cases exceed the qualifications for the award, which will be presented at the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Atlanta.
Today’s cotton producer faces volatile prices, a maze of rules and regulations, the vagaries of weather, rising costs of production and uncertainty about farm policy. Some are driven by the pure joy of managing the crop, others by cotton’s stunning reward, a blanket of fluffy-white cotton bolls, waiting to be picked.
As this harvest season approaches, I thought that I would use this space to remind our readers that the August 31 deadline for submitting nominations for the High Cotton Award is quickly approaching. If you know someone who fits the criteria listed below, please visit http://deltafarmpress.com/images/HI_COTTON_NOM_'11.pdf  for an application and submission information. We’d love to hear from you.
- The High Cotton nominee must be a full-time grower who gets a profitable return from producing cotton in one of the four Cotton Belt regions (Mid-South, Southeast, Southwest and West).
- The nominee must produce cotton of consistently high quality.
- The nominee must use environmentally sound production methods.