Cotton specialists from across the country have named Dan Fromme the Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year. Fromme, who holds the Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Pine Land Co. Endowed Professorship in Cotton Production or Genetics in the LSU AgCenter, was recognized at the Beltwide Cotton Conference held Jan. 9 in Austin, Texas.
Fromme serves as a cotton, corn and grain sorghum specialist at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria.
“This recognition is a notable achievement and speaks volumes to the expertise he brings to the AgCenter and the Louisiana cotton producers he serves every day,” said AgCenter Central Region director Tara Smith. “Dr. Fromme is passionate about his research and extension program and has made great contributions in improving cotton production and pest management practices and enhancing cotton production systems in Louisiana.”
Fromme said he is honored by the recognition, having known and respected so many of the 35 professionals who have received this distinction before him.
“Many of those guys were my mentors early in my career, so I knew who to go to,” Fromme said, adding that he owes a debt of gratitude to his peers who selected him for the award.
Fromme joined the AgCenter in 2013 and has 41 years of experience working in the cotton industry to improve productivity and profitability for farmers in Louisiana and Texas.
“I grew up on a cotton farm on the Texas Gulf Coast and have been around it all my life,” Fromme said. “I’ve met and worked with a lot of good people — a number of fantastic cotton farmers, consultants and industry personnel over the years — and it has been a lot of fun.”
The Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year award is sponsored by BASF and was presented by University of Arkansas cotton specialist Bill Robertson at the conference’s annual award dinner and reception.