Cotton farmers cite family as essential ingredient to success at High Cotton Awards.
BOB BEAKLEY, left, and Linda Beakley, were on hand with granddaughters, Mattie Beakley, third from left, and Audrey Beakley, second from right, and their mom, Amber Beakley, to see Steven Beakley receive the 2014 High Cotton Award for the Southwest.
Family plays a major role in a cotton farmer’s success, according to the latest inductees into the prestigious list of High Cotton Award winners who singled out brothers, parents and spouses as key factors in the farm operation.
This year’s outstanding class from the four Farm Press coverage areas all credited family for their support and expressed a deep commitment to the cotton industry and agriculture.
At a time when many Americans are highly critical of “corporate farming” the winners
demonstrated that no matter how large the operation may be U.S. farms are still, by and large, family-owned businesses.
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Of this year’s winners from the Southeast, Delta, Southwest and Western regions, two farm with their brothers, one farms with his two sons and the fourth considers his father a partner and a guiding force in the operation.