2018 first bale of cotton in the nation has a successful year

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September 17, 2018
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Jennifer Crist: 956-423-5440
 
September 17, 2018
 
Another successful year for first cotton bale in the nation
 
HARLINGEN, TEXAS – It was another successful year for the first bale of cotton in the nation which sold for $9,000 including add-ons at the First Bale Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser on Sept. 13th.
 
The official certified first bale of cotton in the United States was delivered to Willacy Co-op in Sebastian, TX by Wesley Vanderpool on June 13. The bale was sold to BASF/Butch Roecker for $5,500.
 
Add-ons included $2,000 from Americot, $1,000 from Willacy Co-op and $500 from Greenpoint Ag – Bryce Cerny.
 
Wesley Vanderpool will receive the $3,000 reward from the Harlingen Cotton Committee for the first bale weighing 2,040 pounds.
 
Harlingen Cotton Committee, along with matching funds from the Lozano-Long Foundation, has donated over $70,000 to students attending the Agricultural Technology Program at TSTC.
 
This year the Harlingen Cotton Committee presented a check of $15,000 to TSTC representatives during the event. The Lozano-Long Foundation will match those funds bringing the total scholarship to $30,000 to support students actively pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field.
 
For over 40 years the Algodón Club of Harlingen has held a silent auction to raise funds for additional scholarships awarded to graduating high school students pursuing a degree in agriculture in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy County.
 
This year the Algodón Club awarded roughly $30,000 for the 2018-2019 school year to the following scholarship recipients: Celeste Saenz, Kendyl Sellman, Levi Newell, Margaret Adair, Travis Davis, Hunter Lamon, Gabriela Garcia, Joshua Layne Klostermann and Ty Rhyner.
 
The final ginned and baled cotton was delivered to the TSTC Cultural Arts Center and auctioned at the event.
 
Boggus Ford was this year’s Title Sponsor. Additional sponsors included: Americot; Capital Farm Credit; First Community Bank; Gulf Compress; Heritage Farms LLP; Mr. & Mrs. John Lee Dewitt; RGV Gin Co.; Rio Grande Equipment Co.; Shepard Walton King Insurance Group; Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association; Texas Farm Credit; Texas Regional Bank; VTX1 Companies; Willacy Co-op and Wylie Implement & Spray Center.
 
For more information regarding the First Bale Auction & Scholarship Fundraiser, contact the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 423-5440.
 
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