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U of A’s Barber named extension cotton specialist of the year
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tom Barber, extension cotton agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, was honored as the Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year Award during the 2012 Annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences held this year in Orlando, Fla.

Tom Barber (undated file photo)

The honor is voted upon by extension cotton specialists from across the Cotton Belt.

Tom was lauded at Thursday night’s awards ceremony for working so closely with colleagues and growers.

“You can call Tom 24 hours a day, any day of the week, and he’s always accessible,” Bayer CropScience U.S. Agronomic Manager Steve Nichols told “Cotton Grower” magazine. “He always makes himself available to his farmers, and that’s why we’re proud to present this award to him.”

Nichols was on hand to help present the award, which is sponsored by Bayer CropScience.

2011 was an especially difficult year for growers in Barber’s home state of Arkansas, where record floods were followed by drought, and crops were already facing pressure from resistant weeds, followed by an onslaught of insects.

“This honor means so much coming from the people I work with every day,” Barber said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing.”

Extension cotton specialists and industry representatives from across the U.S. attended the awards dinner.

To learn more about cotton production contact your county extension office, or visit or

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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