Merlin Schantz, the 2018 High Cotton winner from the Southwest region, credited his wife Lillian, his family, his Creator and Texas agricultural researchers for their role in his receiving the honor.
“HPWD funds a number of research and demonstration projects each year. We invite those with innovative ideas to submit requests for proposals that focus on water conservation demonstration, education, or research."
First funding application deadline for EQUIP set for April 20, 2018.
They say cotton helped keep them in business when insecticide-resistant tobacco budworms nearly wiped them and a number of other Mississippi farmers out in the 1980s.