TY TORRANCE, right, is a 2019 King Cotton Award winner. He is pictured with Stephanie Hollifield, left, of Brooks County and Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton, center.
Grady County’s UGA Cooperative Extension Service agent Ty Torrance is the 2019 Allen B. Fulford Award recipient. Torrance was recognized at the 2019 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held in Dublin earlier this month.
The Fulford Award goes to a winner with less than 10 years of service and honors the accomplishments and memory of Allen B. Fulford as a county Extension agent and state cotton agronomist.
Torrance started with extension in 2015, and previously served producers in Decatur, Schley and Marion counties. He has been recognized nationally for his work regarding irrigation scheduling and serves as a member of the Georgia Cotton Commission’s Research Advisory Committee, which analyzes and makes recommendations on research programs funded by the commission. Torrance also participates in the UGA Cotton Team’s on-farm variety trials, a program designed to inform producers on yield and fiber quality data from the numerous commercial cotton varieties available to farmers across the state.
The Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards for the 19th year in a row to recognize outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. Agents are known for delivering information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers. They also do community specific research, education and outreach programs designed at help farmers maximize yields and efficiency.
The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the commission to invest in programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia.