Larry McClendon has been named the National Cotton Ginners Association's 2003 Horace Hayden Cotton Ginner of the Year. The NCGA Award is given to those individuals who have provided a career of distinguished service to the U.S. ginning industry.

McClendon was also elected first vice president of the NCGA at its annual meeting in New Orleans. The post puts him in line to become president of the organization at its next annual meeting.

The Marianna, Ark., native has been farming since the 1970s and ginning since 1989. His gin handled more than 100,000 bales in 2002, double the volume of just two years earlier. He has served on several NCGA committees and was a NCC and CCI director in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from the University of Arkansas.

“Larry provides outstanding service to his customers and is always in search for new ways to put more money in the producer's pockets,” one of McClendon's nominators said.

“Larry McClendon has always been known to his customers and to those within the cotton and ginning industry as fair and honest in all of his business dealings. His ethical business standards can best be measured in the trust, respect, and responsibilities he is given by his customers with their continued and increased business …”

The NCGA gathering was held in conjunction with the National Cotton Council's annual meeting. Sid Brough of Edroy, Texas, was named this year's president of the ginner organization.