By Julie Tomascik
A world cotton celebration takes place on October 7, which is designated as World Cotton Day.
This year’s theme is “Cotton for Good”. This is an opportunity to recognize the positive impact of cotton, the importance of cotton as a global product and to share more information on the culture.
In the Lone Star State, cotton and cottonseed are a major economic driver, bringing in about $ 2.6 billion annually.
“Cotton and cottonseed ranks third among Texas agricultural commodities in terms of market value, and Texas is the nation’s largest cotton-producing state,” said Brant Wilbourn, associate director of commodities and operations. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Regulatory Policy. “Cotton plays an important role statewide, but primarily in the Texas Panhandle, the South Plains, and West Texas.”
The natural fiber is suitable for arid climates and is cultivated in more than 70 countries.
Cotton is not just a fiber crop, however. It is also a food crop.
“A lot of times we think of cotton for its uses in our clothes, but it also plays a role in our diet,” Wilbourn said. “Cottonseed oil is used as a salad or cooking oil for humans, and the seed, shell, and oil can also be used as feed for livestock.”
The cotton industry continues to focus on sustainability. American cotton farmers have adopted precision farming techniques and developed processes to document and verify sustainability practices already embedded in their operations.
The industry has established the US Cotton Trust Protocol, a scientific, farm-level program that sets a new standard for cotton grown in a more sustainable manner. It helps farmers track sustainability goals in six key areas: land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and efficiency. energetic.
“Cotton producers continue to adopt new technologies and implement management techniques that reduce impact while increasing yield,” Wilbourn said.
World Cotton Day gives exposure to cotton and all stakeholders involved in production, processing and trade.
He is also seeking new collaborations with the private sector and investors for cotton-related industries and production in developing countries. The day also promotes technological advancements, as well as the pursuit of cotton research and development.
The initiative was first launched in 2019. Learn more at worldcottonday.org.
Click here to see how cotton is harvested from Texas farms.
And test your cotton knowledge with this TFB Cotton Connection publication.