Dr. Dan Fromme named 2020 Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year

Dr. Dan Fromme (center) won the 2020 Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year award. Pictured with Fromme from L–R: Steve Nichols, BASF Global Agronomic Services – Cotton; Kyle Fontenot, BASF Regional Agronomist; Rick Minzemayer, BASF Regional Agronomist and Kenny Melton, BASF Western Region Agronomic Services Manager.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 13, 2020 — At this month’s Beltwide Cotton Conference in Austin, Texas, Dr. Dan Fromme was named the 2020 Cotton Specialist of the Year. Fromme is an associate professor and state specialist in cotton, corn and grain sorghum at Louisiana State University AgCenter. The award, sponsored by BASF, was presented to Fromme at the event’s annual award dinner and reception, attended by cotton specialists from across the Cotton Belt.


“We’re pleased to recognize Dr. Fromme’s outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the cotton industry,” said Dr. Steve Nichols, BASF Global Agronomic Services – Cotton. “His expertise and experience in cotton and agronomy has allowed him to make significant contributions to the cotton growers of Texas, Louisiana and to the cotton industry. His strong leadership and working relationships with producers, consultants and key stakeholders is widely recognized amongst his peers. Dan is extremely deserving of this award. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him continued success in his professional career.”


Cotton specialists in the 17 states where cotton is grown vote each year on who among them will be chosen for the highly esteemed award. The recipient's peers evaluate and select a winner based on a number of considerations, including exceptional leadership and outstanding industry service. The annual award and banquet became a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in 1984.


BASF, with a portfolio of cotton solutions for growers that includes flagship cotton seed brands FiberMax® and Stoneville®, recognizes the positive impact third-party research has on sustainability for growers across the Cotton Belt.


"Third-party variety testing to validate variety performance and research to tackle agronomic issues are key to a thriving cotton industry,” said Nichols. “Our highly credible extension cotton specialists provide essential data, research and collaboration our U.S. cotton growers need in making critical decisions."


Fromme, a Texas native, earned a bachelor’s degree in crops from Texas Tech University, a master’s in agriculture education from Texas State University and a doctorate in agronomy and crop science from Texas A&M University. Fromme has been working in the cotton industry for 36 years both in Texas and Louisiana. Not many days have passed where Fromme hasn’t thought about growing cotton, which has led him to the outstanding professional he is today.


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