In July the Georgia Cotton Commission Ex Oficio’s met and appointed Chris Hopkins, a first generation farmer and agribusinessman from Lyons, Georgia to the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors. Chris takes the place of former Chairman Mike Lucas of Bleckley County. When asked about his appointment, Chris said, “I’m honored to serve my fellow cotton growers on the Commission Board and proud to support our industry.” Chris grew up in Swainsboro and attended the University of Georgia where he earned a degree in Crop Science and later received a Master’s in Plant Pathology & Pest Management. While a student, Hopkins was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, where he served as an officer, and the AGHON Professional Agricultural Honor Society. AGHON is the highest honor a student in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, or the College of Engineering may attain at the University of Georgia. After college, Chris worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service as a county Agriculture/Natural Resources agent in Toombs County. He also worked for Bayer as the Southeast Region Cotton Agronomist. He was later hired by Lasseter Implement Company to oversee operations for their Lyons, GA location, and has worked in that role for nine years. In 2005, he and his wife, the former Marilynn Hopkins, started Hopkins Farm on 50 acres. Today they raise cotton, corn, peanuts, rye, watermelons, and timber on 850 acres. Chris serves his community as the president of the Toombs County Farm Bureau and a Supervisor of the Ohoopee River Soil & Water Conservation District. Hopkins also is a member of the American Farm Bureau Technology Advisory Committee, the Robert Toombs Christian Academy Board of Directors, and a former Vice Chair of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. In 2012, Chris was awarded the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award and the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award. He and Marilynn have two sons, Banks and Luke, and attend the First Baptist Church of Lyons.