Andrew Jordan, vice president of technical services for the National Cotton Council, was declared an honorary “Extension Cotton Specialist” by the country’s cotton specialists at their annual meeting during the 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans.
J.C. Banks, cotton specialist for Oklahoma State University, made the presentation, saying “the extension cotton specialists recognize and applaud Dr. Andrew Jordan for his dedication, vision, and expertise in furthering and serving the U.S. cotton industry.”
Jordan has worked with the NCC for more than 30 years and is retiring next month. His technical knowledge and experience with the seven segments of the cotton industry has proved beneficial for the entire industry.
During his tenure at the NCC, he led educational efforts in the industry, including work in many areas of cotton production, among them physiology, insect control, biotechnology, technology transfer and stewardship.
Sandy Stewart, Louisiana cotton specialist, said the group of specialists agreed Jordan was particularly deserving of the honorary designation due to his constant support in the past few decades. He added that the timing of the 2007 Beltwide specialists meeting, sponsored by Delta and Pine Land Company, was an easy choice as the venue for bestowing the honor as Jordan’s retirement is imminent.
“Andy has worked with our group on so many occasions that we almost immediately knew this was the best way for us to thank him,” Stewart said.
About 20 cotton specialists provide cross-discipline services (physiology, weed and insect control, etc.) to growers across the U.S. Cotton Belt.