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We Want to Showcase Your Sustainable Farming Practices

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Over the past 35 years, U.S. cotton growers have made major strides to improve the environmental impact of growing cotton. Kicking off on Earth Day, we’d like to celebrate these farms and the work U.S. cotton producers put in each day. As the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol™, we are calling on U.S. cotton growers to submit your own pictures or video that you believe best represents all the hard work you do to grow your cotton sustainably. We will reshare some of our favorites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram weekly, as well as feature them on our website at www.trustuscotton.org!

Follow these steps for the chance to be featured on the Trust Protocol’s social media pages and website:

  • Using your smartphone or tablet, send us a photo or video of your cotton operation that embodies your sustainable practices for growing cotton.
  • Please include a brief backstory of your photo or video and any references to your sustainability story.
  • Include the name of your farm and photographer (including usernames) so we can give you credit.

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Meet Our Growers

Aaron Barcellos

California

I am a fourth-generation grower from Marianna, Arkansas—the east part of the state. After earning my law degree in 2005, I returned home to work alongside my father growing around 60% cotton—with the rest in rice and soybeans. My operation has a total of about 10 employees—one of whom started working for my grandfather in 1968, Charles Patton. I am a flexible grower, trying new technologies or practices to save water and energy. I’m not afraid to experiment with computer programs and variable rate technology. I was named 2015 Arkansas Farmer of the Year and Arkansas Business 2019 40 Under 40. I live with my wife Kristin and my four children.

As science, the research and studies continue to reveal, biotech crops are continuing to improve our environment, allow us to grow more on less land and improve in areas we never imagined before. As a cotton and corn producer, to me the biggest benefit has been our drastic reduction in pesticide applications.