Jimmy Dodson receives the 2015 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award from outgoing NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor.
Jimmy Dodson, a Robstown, TX, cotton producer and long-time industry advocate, received the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) 2015 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
The award, named for the late California industry leader and past NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry. Dodson was honored during the organization’s 2016 annual meeting in Dallas, TX, in early February.
Dodson, a third generation cotton producer, farms dryland cotton, sorghum and corn in Nueces County near the Chapman Ranch with his family, including his wife, Barbara, his daughters, Lori McDonald and Licia Massa, and cousin, Jon Gwynn.
Dodson has a long and distinguished record of leadership and service to the U.S. cotton industry. He chaired the Cotton Foundation in 2003-04, after serving as its president in 2002-03; served on the NCC’s Board from 2009-11 and as chairman of American Cotton Producers in 2010-11. In 2012, he served as the NCC’s vice chairman before being named NCC chairman in 2013 – a year that required extensive work and focus on the World Trade Organization (WTO) case with Brazil and efforts leading to final passage of the 2014 farm bill.
In presenting the award, outgoing NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor said that Dodson traveled extensively on behalf of the U.S. cotton industry and was involved in critical meetings in Geneva ahead of the WTO ministerial in Indonesia that year.
Under Dodson’s leadership, the CottonLEADS program was launched and key industry leadership programs reached milestones. During Dodson’s term as chairman, the NCC also stepped up web-based communications with members concerning the farm bill, and created a special site for Congressional staffers to apprise them of NCC positions on farm policy, as well as trade, appropriations and regulatory issues.
“Following his service as Council chairman, Jimmy has remained very active in the affairs of our organization, serving as the chairman of the Crop Insurance Implementation Working Group and as a member of the governing board for CottonLEADS,” Taylor noted.
Dodson has also been active with the Farm Credit Association. In 2012, with more than 30 years of service as a director of Farm Credit institutions, he was elected chairman of the Board of Farm Credit Bank of Texas. He also is the chairman of the Tenth District Farm Credit Council and a member of the Bank’s Audit and Compensation Committees.
A 1974 summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, he was inducted into the Tyrus Timm Honor Registry of Former Students in 2008. He is also the recipient of numerous industry honors, including the 2014 Cotton Achievement Award from Cotton Grower magazine.
Source – National Cotton Council