Perry, GA – The Georgia Cotton Commission’s 6th Annual Meeting and the UGA Cotton Production Workshop were held on January 30, 2013, in Tifton with approximately 300 in attendance.
It was a full day of education for cotton producers with morning workshop sessions, the annual meeting program, the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentations and an afternoon repeat of the workshop sessions.
Commission Vice-Chairman, Mike Lucas made brief welcoming remarks followed by Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton, who presented a report on the Commission’s accomplishments over the past three years. In his presentation, he announced that the Commission’s producer referendum was scheduled for February 4 through March 5, 2013, and encouraged growers to cast their votes when they received their ballots.
Industry leaders on the annual meeting program reported on activities performed by their organizations on behalf of cotton producers and the cotton industry. They were Mike Tate, President of Southern Growers, Inc., Kater Hake, Vice President of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, Kevin Latner, Executive Director of Cotton Council International and Mark Lange, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council. These presentations can be viewed on the Commission’s website: www.georgiacottoncommission.org
Lunch followed the program where producer drawings, for three gift cards, were conducted. The winners were Keith Wynn, from Ocilla, who won the $500 card, Ronnie Courson, from Lakeland, and Matt Coley, from Vienna, each won cards for $250. The drawings were followed by the 2012 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards.
Our generous sponsors who made the Commission’s annual meeting possible are Aimtrac, Albany Tractor Company, Americot, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer CropScience, BB Hobbs Company, Cotton Growers Cooperative, Crop Production Services, DELTAPINE, DuPont Crop Protection, Lasseter Equipment Group, Phytogen Cottonseed, ProCot Cooperative, Southeast AgNet Radio Network, Staplcotn, Syngenta, Triangle Chemical Company and Valent.
The UGA Cotton Production Workshops, sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the University of Georgia, featured cotton Research and Extension Cotton Team Members who shared the latest technical information learned from the previous year’s research. Much of this research was producer-funded through the Commission. The research addressed producer-identified production concerns. The workshop presentations can also be viewed on the Commission’s website: www.georgiacottoncommission.org