Cute Kotton Kidz Harvest Grand Prize From PhytoGen

Indianapolis - December 15, 2012

When Tommy Mathews saw the photo of his baby girls in one of his PhytoGen cotton fields, he knew it belonged in a magazine.

What the Grove Hill, Ala., farmer and his wife, Debra, didn’t know was that Lauren and Brianna Mathews would not only win the monthly Kotton Kidz competition but also the grand prize awarded by PhytoGen. PhytoGen is giving the girls a $1,000 savings bond and making a $1,000 donation on their behalf to the Clarke County FFA chapter in 2012.

This was the first time the Mathews entered such a contest. For a multigenerational farming family, both prizes are exciting.

“Everyone was thrilled when we were in the magazine to start with. We just got friends to go along and vote,” Debra says. “Winning this is a bonus. It was completely unexpected.”

The 2-year-old twins are the youngest children in the family. Their older sister and brothers are: Mallory, 21; Thomas, 18; and Blake, 15.

In the winning photo, the girls are sitting on the edge of a field of PhytoGen brand PHY 375 WRF that their dad was picking.

“In fact,” Debra recalls, “he got off the cotton picker and came to take a couple pictures with us.”

The Mathews don’t have the future mapped out for the girls. In this SEC-divided family, Mom would vote for the girls to attend the University of Alabama and Dad would encourage Auburn University. But not even that argument has started yet.

“I guess it’s too early to know what plans we have for them. For now we just want them to have healthy, happy childhoods,” Debra says.

Send Photos of Your Kotton Kidz 
Cotton Grower magazine and PhytoGen cottonseed again call on all parents and grandparents to send in photos of their favorite farm youngsters. Several photos will be included in each issue of the magazine, and even more will be featured online at Readers are encouraged to visit that site each month to vote on their favorite Kotton Kidz photo. All eligible monthly photos will be featured on the website for public voting.

Monthly voting periods begin on the first of each month and end on the last day of the month. A monthly winner for each month will be announced on or around the seventh day of the following month.

Each monthly winner will be entered into the Kotton Kidz grand prize contest at the end of the year. The 12 monthly winners will be reviewed by a panel of judges from Cotton Grower magazine and PhytoGen. After review, a grand prize winner will be crowned and awarded a $1,000 savings bond and a $1,000 donation to their local FFA chapter, courtesy of PhytoGen.

In addition to being eligible for the end-of-the-year prizes, monthly winners will receive their photo in a “Kotton Kid of the Month” framed plaque.

To enter your favorite Kotton Kidz photo, mail the photo to Kotton Kidz Photo Contest, 8000 Centerview Parkway, Suite 114, Cordova, TN  38018. Please include a written statement expressing that you give Cotton Grower permission to use your photo in the Kotton Kidz Photo Contest. The Cotton Grower staff is unable to return prints.

To enter an electronic image, go to and follow the directions to complete the online registration for the contest. Registration and entry in the contest is free. Once registered at the website, applicants should follow the online instructions to submit their entry to upload their favorite Kotton Kidz photo. Specifics for digital picture submissions are available at

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