Cotton Foundation News

National Cotton Council periodically disseminates information such as news releases and articles in its newsletter, Cotton's Week, regarding Cotton Foundation projects, including progress reports and announcements of new special projects.


Cotton's Week -- March 9, 2021

High Cotton Recipients Named

The 2021 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards recipients are: Southeast — Jerry Lee Hamill, Enfield, NC; Mid-South — Doug Scott, Sikeston, MO; Southwest — Robbie Robbins, Altus, OK; and Western — Hansen Ranches, Corcoran, California.

These High Cotton winners credit crop rotation, technology, field variety trials, and soil health management, along with their families and employees for their success. More information on the recipients and their operations is at

The High Cotton Awards were begun by Farm Press Publications and the NCC in 1994 to demonstrate that cotton producers and their families are concerned about the environment and are the true stewards of their land, water, and air. The program is supported by a Farm Press Publications grant to The Cotton Foundation.

Farm Press will stream from four locations across the Cotton Belt to recognize each grower/operation during a virtual ceremony on March 23, at 1 p.m. (CST). More information is at


Cotton's Week -- August 6, 2021

Foundation Trustees Approve Research Projects


The Cotton Foundation held its annual membership meeting in Newport Beach, CA, immediately followed by the Foundation Board of Trustees meeting.

During the membership meeting, Foundation trustees for the 2021-22 fiscal year were elected. Those include producers:  Neal Isbell, Muscle Shoals, AL; Jon Whatley, Odem, TX; Dean Calvani, Carlsbad, NM; Sam Whitaker, Monticello, AR; and Philip Edwards, III, Smithfield, VA; along with allied industry members: Douglas Rushing, Bayer; Macie O’Shaughnessy, Syngenta; Matt Rekeweg, Corteva AgriSciences; Travis Becton, John Deere; Andrew Conner, BASF; Eric Castner, FMC; Kelly Fenner, Seal Transportation; Jeffrey Smith, Valent; and Russell Sutton, Lummus.

Also elected as trustees were Louisiana crop consultants Rogers Leonard, Baton Rouge; and Hank Jones, Pioneer; and Georgia crop consultants Wes Briggs, Bainbridge; and Jack Royal, Leary.


Foundation trustees elected officers for 2021-22. Neal Isbell was elected Foundation chairman and Jon Whatley, president. Other elected officers are: Gary Adams, executive vice president; Don Parker, executive director/secretary; Doug Rushing, treasurer; and Drew Davis, assistant treasurer. John Willis, outgoing Foundation chairman, was recognized for his five years of service and leadership.

Foundation trustees also approved funding for 11 general research projects totaling $247,000 for 2021-22. Included are studies related to a new invasive insect (cotton seed bug), sustainability, regulatory issue information gathering, plant protection products re-registration, risk data updating and education.

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