The 2013 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year award has been given to Randy Norton (second from right) with the University of Arizona. Also pictured, from left, are Lee Rivenbark, global head of U.S. cotton for Bayer CropScience; Steve Nichols, U.S. ag
A longtime Extension expert with the University of Arizona has been recognized as the 2013 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. The announcement came this week from Bayer CropScience, which sponsors the award.
Randy Norton has worked with the university’s extension program since 2001, when he began as an assistant agriculture agent. He later became an area associate agent and currently works as an associate professor and regional extension specialist. He holds degrees in plant science, soil science, soil chemistry and soil fertility.
"Dr. Norton is a committed professional," says Jeff Silvertooth, associate dean and director for economic development and Extension for the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "He directs a well-integrated agronomic research and Extension program with a strong emphasis on irrigated cotton production."
Norton directs the Safford Agricultural Research Center, which serves three Arizona counties. He has also served as editor of the Extension’s cotton variety testing guide. Areas of expertise include agronomy, applied research, horticulture, livestock and natural resources. He is a member of the National Cotton Council of America’s Program Committee.
The award has been given since 1984, and the winner is selected based on leadership and industry service by Extension cotton specialists representing all states where cotton is produced. Winners are recognized as part of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.