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Eddie Smith Recognized Through NCC’s Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award

by Kaylee Hendricks

In the Panhandle of Texas, there is a servant-leader who has built a legacy through continuous service within the cotton industry. Honored with the 2023 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award, Eddie Smith’s commitment to the business is truly commendable.

According to the National Cotton Council, “The award, named for the late California industry leader and past NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership, and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry.”

Smith has shown steady leadership in the cotton industry over many years of involvement. He served as a director at Floydada Co-op Gin and later joined the PCCA board. In 2004, Smith was unanimously elected chairman of PCCA, a role he held for 16 years. Additionally, he served as a director of Cotton Incorporated, taking on various responsibilities such as treasurer, secretary, and vice chairman. Smith served as vice chairman of the National Cotton Council before becoming chairman in 2010. He also served on various council committees, including its Environmental Task Force, and completed the Cotton Leadership Program in 1991.

“Whether you know Eddie or not, your life is better because of his service to the industry,” said Kevin Brinkley, PCCA President and CEO. “Eddie has always focused on helping others, and we are all the better for it.”

PCCA congratulates our friend Eddie Smith on this award.