Jimmy Dodson, a Robstown, Texas, cotton producer, received the 2015 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award at the National Cotton Council’s annual meeting in Dallas, Feb. 7, as reported in a recent Farm Press article.
In his acceptance speech, Dodson challenged the cotton industry to hang on during the current tough time for cotton and to work together to make the industry stronger.
“Don’t be afraid to tell your story,” he told NCC delegates from across the cotton industry. “Each of us has an individual story — but our group story is outstanding. Cotton leaders come from different backgrounds and “bring different interests, different gifts, and different talents and abilities to bear for the common good.”
He encouraged them to stay involved. “Tell the story you have. Be bold about it and don’t be afraid of sharing. Never be ashamed of your work clothes — whether a nice suit, or a pair of overalls, or whatever you work in. It’s very important that we get out and share the message of what’s going on in our industry right now.”
Dodson’s speech was inspirational. We present it here in its entirety.