Regional Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Norton, associate professor with the University of Arizona, was named 2013 Cotton Specialist of the Year during Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Tex.
Dr. Norton was awarded the honor January 9, by officials of Bayer CropScience, sponsors of the honor since 2008, for his leadership and industry service.
Norton is currently director of the Safford Agricultural Center which provides research and outreach service to Arizona farmers in Graham, Greenlee and Chochise counties, a position charged with boosting effectiveness, competitiveness and profitability of cotton farmers in the area.
Norton has been with University of Arizona's Extension program since 2001, starting as an assistant agricultural agent and moving up to an area associate agent. He graduated with a BS in plant science in 1993, followed by a master's degree in soil science in 1996 and a Ph.D in soil chemistry and soil fertility in 2000, all from the University of Arizona. He is also a member of the National Cotton Council's Program Committee.
Steve Nichols, U.S. agronomic services manager for Bayer CropScience says the company is pleased to be the first to recognize Norton for the honor and notes "Randy is a terrific example of the dedication today's Extension leaders have for providing cotton growers with the research and information needed to increase on-farm yield, manage weeds and maximize profitability."