For his efforts, Zimmerman will receive a cash award of $1,500 from the Corpus Christi Cotton Exchange. Zimmerman’s bale will be auctioned to bidders from area ag-businesses at the First Bale Party, usually held in July.

Proceeds from that auction and from other contributions are used to fund scholarships awarded to area students interested in agriculture. In the last two years, the CCCE has increased the number and level of scholarships from seven $700-per-year scholarships, to eight at $1000-per-year.

Zimmerman has farms in both Nueces and Jim Wells counties and usually grows cotton and grain. The cotton for this bale came from a farm in Jim Wells County south of Alice. The cotton variety is FiberMax 960. It was ginned last Monday at Gulf Coast Cooperative by General Manager Jim Massey and Gin Manager Randy Freudenrich.

e-mail: rsmith@primediabusiness.com