The Georgia Cotton Commission’s 5th Annual Meeting and the UGA Cotton Production Workshop were held on February 1, 2012, in Tifton with approximately 300 people in attendance. It was a full day of education for cotton producers with a morning workshop session, the annual meeting program, the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentations and the afternoon workshop sessions.
Commission Chairman Louie Perry opened the annual meeting with brief welcoming comments followed by Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton who presented a report on Commission accomplishments over the past year. Featured speakers included Southern Cotton Growers President Mike Tate who gave an update on his organization’s activities. Cotton Board President & CEO Bill Gillon commented on the Cotton Board’s administration of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program and their relationship with Cotton Incorporated. Cotton Incorporated Vice President of Fiber Competition Mike Watson spoke about the different cultures our industry faces in the world market and that in order to maintain global competitiveness, “we must learn as much as possible about our customers so we can fulfill their fiber requirements.” The final speaker, Senior Vice President of the National Cotton Council John Maguire, gave a Washington report including comments on the new Farm Bill discussions and other policy matters. Lunch followed the program where producer drawings were conducted and 4-Her Anna Johnson of Tift County addressed the gathering. The Commission appreciates the generosity of this year’s sponsors for helping make possible the annual meeting portion of the day. They are: Albany Tractor Co., Americot, AMVAC, Bayer CropScience, Boston Tractor Co., CASE IH, Cotton Growers Cooperative, Crop Production Services, Lasseter Equipment Group, Monsanto, Phytogen, ProCot Cooperative, Southeast AgNet, Southern States Cooperative, Staplcotn and Valent. Immediately following lunch, the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentations took place. See story previously posted.
The workshops, sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the University of Georgia featured Extension Cotton Team members who shared the latest information learned from the previous year’s research, much of which was funded by the Commission, that addressed producer identified production concerns.