J.G. Boswell: High roller in cotton fields
Pound for pound, acre for acre, California's San Joaquin Valley is the most productive agricultural land on Earth. Many agricultural titans sharpened their teeth on this land, from Isaac Friedlander the wheat king and Henry Miller the cattle king, to James Ben Ali Haggin the cotton king. Today, one farming operation stands above all others, J.G. Boswell, the largest and most modern agricultural operation on the globe, a family enterprise started by Col. James Griffin Boswell in 1921. The Boswell clan hails from Greene County in Georgia, where J.G. was born in 1882. Cotton, to J.G. and others in his family, was the ubiquitous crop, as common and natural as water and trees.