2012 Georgia Quality Cotton Award Winners Named

January 30, 2013 marked the eighth year of the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentations which took place at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.  The awards program is co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience, and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team. 

The purposes of the awards are to recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their general management practices for the benefit of other cotton growers. 

The producers and their gins received a plaque and the winning growers received a $500 cash award.  The winners’ Extension agents were also recognized, as they work closely with the farmers during the growing season.

The awards are given in each of these three cotton acreage categories: 1) less than 500 acres, 2) 500 to 1,000 acres, and 3) more than 1,000 acres within the four regions of the state.  Winners in these categories are determined by the loan value (LV) and premiums (P).  These winners’ excellent cotton quality achieved is due largely to their management practices and expertise.  The sponsors of this program congratulate all of the following winners: 

Region 1:  1) David Thompson – Arabi Gin – 56.5345/LV – 4.5345/P, – Pulaski County Agent Ronnie Barentine 2) David Young and Marty Young – Sconyers Gin – 55.5133/LV – 3.5133/P – Turner County Agent Scott Utley and Ben Hill County Agent Scott Carlson  3) Gary Oliver & Ben Shivers of SOS Farms – Arabi Gin – 54.5550/LV – 2.5550/P – Turner County Agent Scott Utley

Region 2:  1) Van Hiebert – Midville Warehouse, Inc. – 57.0714/ LV – 5.0714/P – Jefferson County Agent Pam Sapp  2) Herbie Dixon – Midville Warehouse – 54.6304/LV – 2.6304/P – Burke County Agent Peyton Sapp

Region 3:  All three winners farm in Lanier County and they Gin with BCT Gin Company.  Their Lanier County Agent is Elvin Andrews (retired).  1)  Ronnie Courson – 57.1339/LV – 5.1339/P  2) Kevin Shaw of Riverbottom Farms – 56.6160/LV – 4.6160/P  3) Greg and Glyn Register – 56.0440/LV – 4.0440/P

Region 4:  Categories 1 and 2 winners farm in Seminole County they gin with Clover Leaf Gin.  Their County Agent is Rome Ethredge.  1) Billy Grant 56.8679/LV – 4.8679/P  2) Brad Thompson of Thompson Family Farms – 54.7389/LV – 4.8679/P  3) Parker Heard of Heard Family Farms – Clover Leaf Gin – 55.9602/LV – 3.9602/P – Decatur County Agent Mitchell May

The highest award given is the Best Cotton Award.  The 2012 winners are Ronnie Courson from  Lanier County and BCT Gin for producing cotton with the highest loan value and premium out of all of the awards presented in the program. 

REGION 1

           

Grower

County

Acreage Category

Gin

County Agent

Loan Value

Premium

David Thompson

Pulaski

Less Than 500 Acres

Arabi Gin

Ronnie Barentine

56.5345

4.5345

David Young and   Marty Young

Turner/BenHill

500 to 1,000 Acres

Sconyers Gin

Scott Utley/Scott Carlson

55.5133

3.5133

SOS Farms

Turner

Over 1,000 Acres

Arabi Gin

Scott Utley

54.5550

2.5550

             

REGION 2

           

Grower

County

Acreage Category

Gin

County Agent

Loan Value

Premium

Van Hiebert

Jefferson

Less Than 500 Acres

Midville Warehouse, Inc

Pamela Sapp

57.0714

5.0714

Herbie Dixon

Burke

500 to 1,000 Acres

Midville Warehouse, Inc

Peyton Sapp

54.6304

2.6304

   

Over 1,000 Acres

       
             

REGION 3

           

Grower

County

Acreage Category

Gin

County Agent

Loan Value

Premium

Ronnie Courson *

Lanier

Less Than 500 Acres

BCT Gin Company

Elvin Andrews

57.1339

5.1339

River Bottom   Farms

Lanier

500 to 1,000 Acres

BCT Gin Company

Elvin Andrews

56.6160

4.6160

Greg Register   and Glyn Register

Lanier

Over 1,000 Acres

BCT Gin Company

Elvin Andrews

56.0440

4.0440

             

REGION 4

           

Grower

County

Acreage Category

Gin

County Agent

Loan Value

Premium

Billy Grant

Seminole

Less Than 500 Acres

Clover Leaf Gin

Rome Ethredge

56.8679

4.8679

Thompson Family   Farms

Seminole

500 to 1,000 Acres

Clover Leaf Gin

Rome Ethredge

54.7389

2.7389

Heard Family   Farms

Decatur

Over 1,000 Acres

Clover Leaf Gin

Mitchell May

55.9602

3.9602

                                            *BEST COTTON AWARD

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