Cotton has had its ups and down in the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the winners of this year’s Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton awards from trying to produce the best and most environmentally-friendly crops they can.

The 2013 winners – Johnny Little, Holcomb, Miss.; Linwood Vick, Wilson, N.C.; John Wilde, San Angelo, Texas; and Chad Crivelli, Dos Palos, Calif. – have continued the High Cotton Award traditions of growing good, profitable cotton in an environmentally friendly manner.

And they’ve done it despite a less than favorable price outlook, excessive moisture in some areas and drought conditions in others and rising input costs. For their efforts, they and their families will be honored at the National Cotton Council’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Jan. 7-10.

“The 2013 High Cotton Award winners are some of the most efficient cotton producers in the nation,” said Greg Frey, vice president at Penton Media and publisher of the Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Presses. “But they also do their utmost to protect the land, air and water. They represent the very best in environmental stewardship.”

Each of the 2013 winners and their spouses receive an expense-paid trip to the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. They will be joined by family members and friends at a breakfast honoring them and their achievements on Jan. 9.

The High Cotton Awards are presented annually by Farm Press Publications through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. Cosponsors of the 2013 awards are All-Tex Seed, Americot/NexGen, AMVAC, Arysta LifeScience, Deltapine, Dow AgroSciences, Helena Chemical Company, John Deere, MANA Crop Protection, Syngenta and U.S. Borax.