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Global Outlook; Texas International Cotton School set for August 4-15

Global Outlook; Texas International Cotton School set for August 4-15

Texas Tech is once again offering a non-traditional classroom experience for cotton industry professionals from across the globe, known as the Texas International Cotton School. Running from Aug. 4-15, the High Plains program is two weeks of classes, lectures, tours and hands-on interaction in all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing.

“The goal is to allow students and professionals to better understand the global cotton industry,” said Cotton School Coordinator Christi Chadwell. Since its inception in 1989, 557 students from 60 countries and 17 U.S. states have attended the course. Texas, the nation’s leading producer of cotton, annually produces approximately 25 percent of the entire United States’ cotton crop.

Sponsored and managed by the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and Tech’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, the curriculum’s fluffy-fiber focus is U.S. cotton production, processing and marketing systems, along with an examination of the industry’s latest machinery and equipment. “This is a hands-on course that covers all phases of production, harvesting, ginning, classing and testing,” Chadwell said.

During the past decade, West Texas cotton has experienced a dramatic transformation through new transgenic cotton varieties and advanced technology. During that time Texas Tech researchers have worked on a number of projects to enhance fiber quality through genetics and create new value-added cotton products.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Christi Chadwell, Communication & Recruiting Coordinator with joint appointment with the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8124 or christi.chadwell@ttu.edu

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