Cotton: Californian Named National Cotton Ginner of the Year

Cotton gin stand at work. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Images

The Cotton Ginner of the Year award was recently presented at the annual meeting of  the National Cotton Ginners Association in San Antonio, Texas. 

This year’s winner is Kirk Gilkey, manager of the Cross-Creek II Gin in Corcoran, California. Gilkey, who received the award at NCGA’s recent 2019 annual meeting in San Antonio, is a National Cotton Council (NCC) director, and previously served as the chairman of the NCC’s Joint Industry Bale Packaging Committee and the NCC’s Packaging and Distribution Program Committee.

As past president and chairman of the National Cotton Ginners Association in 2010 and 2011, Gilkey has served either as chairman or as a member of most of NCGA’s committees and subcommittees. He was named the association’s California Ginner of the Year in 2000.


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Gilkey was born and raised in Corcoran, California and received a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University. He also serves as general manager of Gilkey Farming Enterprises and general manager of, and a partner in, Gilkey Five, a freight shipping and trucking company.

During the NCGA annual meeting, 2019 officers were elected: president – Wes Morgan, New London, N.C.; first vice president – Curtis Stewart, Spade, Texas; second vice president – George LaCour, Jr., Morganza, La.; third vice president – Gene Seale, Pima, Ariz.; and chairman – Stanley Creelman, Tulare, California. Harrison Ashley of Cordova, Tenn., serves as NCGA’s executive vice president.


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