Preparing for the annual organic cotton report

CottonIn preparation for producing the annual U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report in collaboration with Cotton, Incorporated, OTA’s Angela Jagiello traveled to Lubbock, TX, last week to participate in the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative’s annual Field Day. The day began with a tour of Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, and progressed to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Cotton Breeding Facility. At the Texas A&M, Dr. Jane Dever (pictured center right with her staff amid their organic cotton production trials) leads a team of researchers in using classical breeding techniques to encourage traits beneficial for organic cotton production. The day included tours of several organic cotton farms and the local cotton gin, concluding with an organic dinner and music performed by the family of one of the Cooperative’s organic cotton farmers. Details about the field day will be shared in a forthcoming post to OTA’s Fiber Forum. The 2013 /2014 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report will be concluded in January 2014, and will be made available to OTA members at that time.

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