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Recollections of 50 Years of Beltwide Cotton Improvement

Philip A. Miller


This afternoon we had a very informative session summarizing the public and private successes in cotton breeding and genetics over the past 50 years. I would like to take a few minutes this evening to review some of the administrative support programs, which I feel, helped to facilitate these advances. Specifically, I wish to pay tribute to the "movers and shakers" who had the vision to organize and implement such programs as our Cotton Improvement Conference; the Southern Regional Research Projects; the Joint Cotton Breeding Policy Committee; the Cotton Winter Nursery; and the National Cotton Variety Test. Let me emphasize that most of my information is based on recollections –– my own and various other people with whom I visited. There are very few written records remaining in the files concerning the organization and implementation of these programs. Recollections are often incomplete and modified by time. Thus, I am sure that both important programs and key people that should have been included here have been overlooked. But Steve (Calhoun) when he prevailed upon me to make these remarks said he would take the "rap" for the errors and omissions that are bound to surface!

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 548 - 549
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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