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Georgia Cotton Commission presents 2017 King Cotton Awards

For the 17th straight year, 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. The Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, is for those with less than 10 years of service. The Fulford 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 2017 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held in Columbus in November.

The 2017 Senior King Cotton Award winner was Andrew Sawyer of Wilcox County, where he serves as Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Agent.  He previously served as the ANR agent in Thomas County.  Sawyer has conducted variety trials with producers, and has put an emphasis on educating growers about new technologies and techniques.   He has worked tirelessly to educate the community on cotton through various means, including a weekly radio show that reached over 250,000 people.

The 2017 Allen B. Fulford Award recipient was Jennifer Miller of Jeff Davis County, where she serves as ANR Agent. She began her career with Gold Kist and joined UGA Extension in 2006 as the 4-H Agent in Wheeler County. She later served as the ANR Agent in Montgomery County and covered Treutlen County for part of that time. Miller participates in the Statewide On-Farm Variety trials, a statewide project managed by county agents and Dr. Jared Whitaker, UGA Cotton Agronomist.  She has also conducted trials that have focused on irrigation and nematodes.