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Hollifield, Torrance presented with 2019 King Cotton Awards

Stephanie Hollifield of Brooks County and Ty Torrance of Grady County received the 2019 King Cotton Awards, presented at the 2019 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held Nov. 4-6 in Dublin.  The Georgia Cotton Commission sponsors the awards, which recognize outstanding contributions of county Extension agents to Georgia cotton producers.

 Hollifield received the Senior Award, which is given to agents with 10 or more years of experience. Torrance received the Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, for those with fewer 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. 

Hollifield serves as Brooks County Extension coordinator as well as agriculture & natural resources agent.  She has worked for Extension for ten years, originally starting in 1994.  In addition to holding producer education programs regarding agronomics and defoliation, Hollifield conducts county research on cotton. The priorities for her local research are made in collaboration with local growers. Recent trials have been on issues such as areolate mildew, planter downforce, defoliation tank mixes and many more.

Torrance is an agricultural & natural resources agent in Grady County.  Torrance started with Extension in 2015, and previously served producers in Decatur, Schley, and Marion Counties. He has been recognized nationally for his work regarding irrigation scheduling and serves as a member of the Georgia Cotton Commission’s Research Advisory Committee, which analyzes and makes recommendations on research programs funded by the commission. He also participates in the UGA Cotton Team’s on-farm variety trials, a program designed to inform producers on yield and fiber quality data from the numerous commercial cotton varieties available to farmers across the state.