2018 High Cotton Farm Press publication and award's program.
Southeast High Cotton Award winner Nick McMichen and his wife Freida, left; Southwest winners Merlin and Lillian Schantz, front; with Southeast Farm Press editor Brad Haire, back left; and Grey Frey, at a supper honoring the winners the night before the awards ceremony.
High Cotton Award winners and their families gather for supper at Memphis, Tenn.
Farm Press editors honor High Cotton Award winners and their spouses and families in Memphis, Tenn.
Merlin Schantz, right, credits his wife Lillian, left, during his acceptance speech “for the hard work she has done on the farm, alongside me and our family, through some tough times."
Lillian and Merlin Schantz with Farm Press Staff Writer Shelley Huguley at the High Cotton Award breakfast. In his acceptance speech, Merlin said, “I don’t know where reports from this morning’s meeting will go, but I want to take this opportunity to say to our legislators: ‘We still need on-farm research, and our Extension Service is a valuable part of who and what we are. We need continued funding for that important research.’”
Joe and Jack Huerkamp, Delta winners from Macon, Miss. talk with Keylon Gholston, Deltapine Cotton product manager following the awards ceremony.
Michael Tapke, John Deere product manager, left, visits with Farm Press representatives Forrest Laws and David Noland.
Nearly 100 people gather for breakfast at the High Cotton Award breakfast in Memphis, Tenn. The awards are sponsored by Farm Press through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, and highlight conservation and environmental practices.
Merlin Schantz, in his acceptance speech says, “First of all, I really believe that it’s only by the grace of the Good Lord that we have the privilege and opportunity to be stewards of the land.”
Amanda Powell, Corteva team leader, congratulates Merlin Schantz on his award.
"The High Cotton Award honors outstanding cotton production, coupled with exceptional stewardship of the land. But people are at its core," writes Brad Haire, associate editor of Southeast Farm Press.
Greg Frey, vice president of operations for Farm Progress, left, and Farm Progress Staff Writer Shelley Huguley, congratulate Southwest High Cotton winner Merlin Schantz and his wife Lillian, of Hydro, Okla.
Merlin Schantz, Southwest winner from Hydro, Okla, left, visits with Ron Rayner, Western winner from Goodyear, Ariz.
Merlin Schantz, Southwest winner from Hydro, Okla, left, with Ron Rayner, Western winner from Goodyear, Ariz.
Cotton-kid Caroline Fleming at the High Cotton Awards breakfast. She is the daughter of Mark and Leng Fleming of Scooba, Miss. Mark works for High Cotton winner Joe Huerkamp.
The 2018 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award winners: From left, Greg Frey, vice president of operations for Farm Progress; Merlin Schantz, Southwest winner from Hydro, Okla.; Ron Rayner, Western winner from Goodyear, Ariz.; Joe and Jack Huerkamp, Delta winners from Macon, Miss.; and Nick McMichen, Southeast winner from Centre, Ala.
Hembree Brandon Farm Press editorial director, left, congratulates Jack Huerkamp, Delta winners from Macon, Miss. and Nick McMichen, Southeast winner from Centre, Ala.
2018 High Cotton Award winners visit following the award breakfast.
High Cotton Award plaque presented to winners.
Forrest Laws, long-time and retired director of content for the Penton Agriculture Group, and Southwest Farm Press staff writer Shelley Huguley pose for a pictures at the High Cotton Award breakfast.