McClendon will lead National Cotton Ginners Association

Larry McClendon, president of McClendon, Mann and Felton Gin in Marianna, Ark., is the 2005-06 president of the Memphis, Tenn.-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA). He was installed recently at the NCGA's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

McClendon, who served as NCGA's first vice president in 2004, has been farming since the 1970s and ginning since 1989. He has served on several NCGA committees and served as a director of the National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International in 2004. The University of Arkansas graduate also was NCGA's 2003 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year.

Other NCGA officers elected include: first vice president, Russell Kuhnhenn, Buckeye, Ariz.; second vice vice president; Van Murphy, Quitman, Ga.; and third vice-president, Chris Breedlove, Olton, Texas. Outgoing president Sid Brough, Edroy, Texas, now serves as board chairman, and Bill Norman, Memphis, Tenn., is executive vice president.

Michael Hooper, manager of Farmers Cooperative Gin in Buttonwillow, Calif., was named the 2004 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. The NCGA Award is given to those individuals who have provided a career of distinguished service to the U.S. ginning industry.

Hooper's nomination letter stated that “he manages one of the premier ginning operations in California, providing both upland saw ginning and Pima roller ginning.” It also states that he “handles his operations and customers with a high degree of professionalism, performance and quality control. Under his leadership, Farmers Cooperative Gin keeps pace with the needs and the demands of his customers.”

Hooper began his career with Calcot, Ltd. He then joined Cottonwillow, a family owned business, and later went to Farmers Co-op Gin as assistant manager in 1988. In 1990, he was promoted to his present position.

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