The Georgia Cotton Commission conducted officer elections at their board meeting on Jan. 30 in Tifton. Mike Lucas, a Chester producer member since 2003, was elected chairman. Wavell Robinson from Pavo and a member since 2007, was elected vice-chairman. Lucas succeeds former chairman, Louie Perry, whose chairmanship ended in 2012.
"I feel honored to be elected chairman of the Georgia Cotton Commission. I have learned a lot about the cotton industry since I've been on the board these past several years and I like being in a position to give back to an industry that has been good to me," Lucas said. "I will do my best as chairman to help the Commission continue fulfilling its programs to the benefit of all cotton growers and the industry."
Reared in Cochran, Georgia, Lucas attended Bleckley County High School. He began working on his grandfather's farm as a teenager and, from this experience, decided upon farming as his chosen path.
The original 105 acre farm, passed to Lucas by his grandfather, has expanded to over 500 acres today. It is a diversified row crop operation featuring major crops of cotton, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. His farm also includes pasture for beef cattle and a small cow/calf operation.
Lucas is a dedicated member of his Bleckley County community and stays active through a variety of service work. In past years he served as director on the Cotton Board, member of the Bleckley County FSA committee; State Young Farmer Chair of the Georgia Farm Bureau State Board and 4-H Advisory Committee member.
In addition to his service on the Georgia Cotton Commission's board, his current service activities include: Georgia delegate to the National Cotton Council; director on the Southern Cotton Growers, Inc. board; member on the Bleckley County Industrial Development Authority board and president of the Bleckley County Farm Bureau. In 1999, Lucas was a Young Farmer Achievement Award finalist and was named "Soil Conservationist of the Year" in 2000.
Lucas is married to the former Sharon Britton. they have been married for 21 years. The Lucases have an eighteen year-old son, Blake, who attends the University of Massachusetts. The Lucases are members of Salem Baptist Church where they regularly attend services.