STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- An extension cotton specialist at Mississippi State University received national recognition for his work in the industry service.
MSU employee Darrin Dodds recently received the 2014 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year award.
Dodds, an MSU graduate, has worked at the university for six years studying all things cotton, from variety performance and fertility to irrigation management and weed control.
Joe Street, MSU Extension Service associate director, said Dodds’s dedication to the industry helps Mississippi remain a leader in agriculture production.
“I believe Mississippi has the best Extension agronomic crops team in the country, and Darrin is an integral part of that team,” Street said. “As the Extension Cotton Specialist, Darrin is totally dedicated to the cotton industry and is a leader in education and applied research. Being selected is a tremendous honor, and Darrin is very deserving of this prestigious award.”
With Dodds's efforts, the MSU Cotton Short Course started growing all row crops and over 400 attendees participated in the course.
The Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year award has been sponsored by Bayer Cropscience since 2008, and each winner is chosen by a panel of peers.