2015 High Cotton Award winners from left: Ronnie Hopper, his son, R.N. Hopper, Petersburg, Texas; Rick Morgan, Corapeake, N.C.; George LaCour, Morganza, La.; and Mark Watte, Tulare, California.
The Cotton Foundation Board of Trustees approved 20 general research projects totaling $319,500 in funding provided by Foundation agribusiness members' dues. Approved projects for 2014-15 include studies related to pest management, sustainability, pollinator protection, fiber quality, agronomic practices and education.
The High Cotton Awards program, which celebrated its 20th year, is one of multiple Foundation special projects funded by grants over the dues from the Foundation's 40-plus members.
As a founding member, the Foundation continued to support Cotton LEADS™ -- a Foundation special project aimed at raising awareness of the responsible growing practices among U.S. and Australian cotton producers. More information can be found at www.cottonleads.org.
Through the Foundation, support also was maintained for vital NCC communications vehicles, including the Cotton’s Week newsletter. The Foundation’s underpinning of the NCC’s web server made it possible for the NCC to post multiple cotton-related educational materials, including streaming video.
Southwest cotton producers saw North Carolina and Virginia farming operations in August as part of the 2014 Producer Information Exchange program.