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Farm and Gin Show: Southern Cotton Ginners Association Annual Meeting

For many events, it’s the after-party that people want to attend. But for many in the cotton industry, especially those attending the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, it’s the pre-show event that rates high in terms of a must-attend session. That pre-show event is the Southern Cotton Ginners Association Annual Meeting.Southern Cotton Ginners Association Logo

Scheduled for Thursday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, the meeting is the annual session that brings together members of the five state cotton ginners associations that compose the Southern Cotton Ginners. Ginners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee will gather in the Venetian Room at The Peabody to hear the annual account of each state association, as well as obtain valuable insight into key issues facing the industry.

David Blakemore, National cotton Ginners Association President, Blakemore Cotton & Grain LLC, will kick off the session. A Cotton Specialists panel will address the State of Cotton in the Mid-South: how to maintain the momentum. Panelists include:

  • Darrin Dodds, Associate Extension/Research Professor, Cotton Agronomics at Mississippi State University
  • Daniel Fromme, Associate Professor, State Cotton, Corn and Grain Sorghum Specialist, LSU AgCenter, Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Andrea Jones, Leader of Cotton Research, University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center
  • Tyson Raper, Cotton and Small Grains Specialist for the University of Tennessee
  • Bill Robertson, Extension Cotton Specialist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Dr. Gary Adams, President/CEO, National Cotton Council, will address Key Industry Challenges and Opportunities and Kim Kitchings, Cotton Incorporated, will close out the meeting on Recapturing Cotton’s Market Share.

Following the Annual Meeting, SCGA members will attend the annual Honors Banquet. Honorees at the 2016 banquet include: San E. Angel, Epstein Gin Company, Lake Village, Ark., SCGA Ginner of the Year; Peter Hairston, Midnight Gin, Midnight, Miss., SCGA Memorial Scholarship honoree; and Willard Duke Kimbrell, Parkdale Mills, Gastonia, N.C., A.L. Vandergriff Pioneer Award Recipient.

The SCGA Honors Banquet is a ticketed event. For tickets or additional information, contact the SCGA office at 901.947.3104. More information on the annual meeting can be found at the association’s website:

From a release

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Terry Simmons