Cotton growers in the Permian Basin have become the latest to affirm their commitment to boll weevil eradication, voting to continue the effort by a 6 to 1 margin.

“We are certainly pleased with the outcome of the vote,” said Eddie Herm, a Howard County cotton farmer who was elected to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Board of Directors.

Herm succeeds Jim Brown of Midland in the position. Brown declined to run for re-election to concentrate on business and personal interests.

“I see it as a positive thing to get that high a percentage of the growers to ratify the program,” Herm said.

Producers in each eradication zone must decide every four years whether to continue their program. All the zones created before 2000 have voted on whether to retain their eradication programs.

All the elections have passed with more than 80 percent of the voters favoring continuation.

Herm, a Texas Tech graduate with 30 years farming experience, said he is looking forward to serving on the foundation board.

“I've been an advocate for the program for the last four years, and I'll continue to do that, both for my zone and for the state,” he said.

Herm expressed his appreciation for those who voted to support the program and praised the zone's grower advisory committee for its efforts promoting the election and guiding the program.

“I really want to commend the Permian Basin growers for their commitment and perseverance,” said Lindy Patton, the foundation's executive director. “They have shown some tremendous leadership to make this program so successful despite the horrendous drought.”