Local UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents are an incredible resource for cotton farmers across Georgia. Agents are known for delivering timely and accurate information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers. They also do community specific research, education, and outreach programs, designed at helping farmers maximizing yields and efficiency.
For the eighteenth year in a row, the Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award is for agents with 10 or more years of experience, while the Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, is for those with less than 10 years of service. The latter award honors the accomplishments and memory of Allen B. Fulford as a county Extension agent and state cotton agronomist. The awards were presented at the 2018 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held in Buford in November. The Georgia Cotton Commission is proud to salute the excellent work that County Extension Agents do for farmers across the state.
The 2018 Senior King Cotton Award Winner is James Jacobs of Pierce County, where he serves as County Extension Coordinator as well as Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Jacobs previously served producers in Ware and Berrien Counties. James works with the UGA Cotton On-Farm Variety Evaluation Program as well as doing individual trials on conventional and nematode-resistant varieties, all of which helps producers select the best varieties of cotton to plant for the current year, as well as in the future. He also goes far beyond the call of duty, by helping mentor county agents across the state.
The 2018 Allen B. Fulford Award recipient is Bryan Hayes of Mitchell County, where he serves as ANR Agent. Bryan started with UGA Cooperative Extension in 2014, and has made a major impact on his community since that time. Hayes also participates in UGA On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program trials as well as helping coordinate other research studies with the University of Georgia as well as the University of Florida. Bryan has become a leading county agent on cotton in his four years in Mitchell County, and is continuing to grow as a leader in the extension service.