Bayer CropScience Announces Darrin Dodds as the 2014 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Bayer CropScience Announces Darrin Dodds as the 2014 Extension Cotton
Specialist of the Year

MSU Winner respected for research and dedication to help others succeed

NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Darrin Dodds,
Ph.D., associate Extension professor at Mississippi State University, has been
announced as the 2014 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year, an award
sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008.

Dodds received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist annual dinner
banquet on Jan. 7 during the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans.

The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton
Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists representing every
cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and
industry service.

Steve Nichols, U.S. agronomic manager for Bayer CropScience, said the company
is pleased to congratulate Dodds on this accomplishment.

"Darrin Dodds has created a well-deserved name for himself as a leader in the
cotton community," Nichols said. "His dedication to delivering relevant
information and best management practices to Mississippi cotton producers has
provided them with the necessary tools to improve performance and
profitability on their farms."

Tom Barber, Ph.D., associate professor and Extension weed scientist at the
University of Arkansas and 2012 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year, has
known Dodds since they both attended Mississippi State.

"The Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year is very special because it is
voted on by peers, and I can't think of anyone more deserving than Darrin for
this award," Barber said. "His work is tremendous. When you have a researcher
or an Extension person like him that pours his life into helping others
succeed, it is invaluable. It is people like Darrin who give growers,
consultants and county agents the information they need to help stay
successful in this global cotton environment."

"Darrin is a first class Extension Specialist and he continues to support his
clientele through local, state and regional meetings where he provides key
information and recommendations from his applied research program," Bayer
continued. "Darrin is widely known for organizing excellent meetings that are
well attended, regardless of the platform. The data that is generated from his
program and the recommendations he makes to producers help to keep them
profitable. That is the reason he is being recognized."

Originally from Illinois, Dodds received his master's degree in weed science
from Purdue University and went on to receive his doctoral degree at
Mississippi State University. He has now worked at MSU for six years and
studies cotton variety performance, management, fertility, plant growth
regulator use, irrigation management and weed control.

He is the coordinator of the annual Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State
University. Last month, the course offered three days of intensive
agricultural education with a heavy focus on irrigation. Half of the day was
spent on entomological issues in various row crops and the other half was
spent on nutrient management and weed management issues.

"When I was at Mississippi State we offered a Cotton Short Course. At the time
it just covered cotton and we had about 200 participants," said Barber.
"Darrin expanded the program to the Row Crop Short Course and received record
attendance this year. There were more than 400 people at the meeting, which is
the most ever."

According to Barber, Dodds has focused in cotton variety management and
performance over the years and has developed several publications that
concentrate on management of cotton varieties. In recent years, he has been at
the forefront of research in new herbicide technologies coming down the
pipeline and educating growers about the realities of herbicide resistance.

"In addition to his accomplishments, Darrin stands out because of the respect
everyone has for him," Barber said. "We all respect Darrin's opinion because
of his work ethic and the quality of research and Extension program he has
developed. He is a devout leader in the Extension Specialist Working group
where he has facilitated the publishing of numerous multi-state cotton
projects. Darrin does an excellent job in putting the data from projects in a
package where it can be utilized by key clientele."

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