Earlier this year, Lee Cromley, a 6th generation Bulloch County cotton farmer, was installed as the President of the Southern Cotton Growers, an organization representing the thousands of cotton growers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. He was preceded in this role by Neal Isbell of Alabama.
In a recent presentation to cotton growers in Georgia, Cromley recognized former presidents of the organization from Georgia (Bob McLendon, Leary; Louie Perry, Moultrie; and Ronnie Lee, Bronwood), and discussed the four roles of the Southern Cotton Growers – leadership opportunities and development, policy development, relationships with congressional and regulatory officials, and industry support. He stated that his goals for the year were to make sure cotton growers know about the organization and that the organization strengthens by continuing to unify cotton growers across the six southeastern states.
Cromley has been growing cotton and peanuts in Brooklet, Georgia, with his brother Charlie since 1983. He is involved in his community and state, serving as a board member of the Georgia Cotton Commission, Bulloch Gin, Bulloch County Farm Service Agency, and the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Statesboro and as a Board Advisor for the National Cotton Council of America. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences in 1983. Cromley and his wife, Ann, have three children and are members of Brooklet United Methodist Church.