Texas Tech University

FBRI to host 40th Texas International Cotton School

Norman Martin

July 12, 2021

Texas Tech University's Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, in conjunction with the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, will host the 40th session of the Texas International Cotton School from Aug. 2-12. The High Plains program features two weeks of classes, lectures, tours and hands-on interaction in all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing.

spooled cotton

The Cotton School is structured to provide an integrated understanding of the Texas cotton industry and how it interacts with the global cotton/textile complex, said Noureddine Abidi, FBRI Director and the Leidigh Professor in Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science. A polymer chemist, Abidi's research focuses on the physical and chemical characteristics of biopolymers and their functionalization and transformation, which leads to practical, advanced applications. 

The cotton school program provides hands-on instruction in cotton breeding, production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, processing, transporting, marketing, exporting and logistics. In addition, participants are offered an integrated, vertical understanding of the U.S. cotton industry, with a Texas focus, and its interactions with the ever-changing cotton/textile sector.

The curriculum for this year's session includes:·     

  • Breeding strategies, production systems, cottonseed biotechnology
  • Field-to-fiber, fiber-to-yarn, yarn-to-fabric
  • Fiber properties & measurements, contaminants, textile chemical process, yarn & fabric properties
  • Precision agriculture, sustainability issues, pima cotton, cotton ginning & classing, bale selection
  • Marketing Topics - Cotton economics, futures & options, contracts, government programs, role of the merchant, exports, U.S. certification and delivery process through ICE
  • International market promotion, international arbitration, trade finance, cotton insurance

Since its inception in 1989, more than 600 students from 60 countries and 17 U.S. states have attended the Texas International Cotton School. Texas annually produces between 25 and 30 percent of the entire U.S.'s cotton crop, more than any other state.


Learn more about the Texas International Cotton School at the website.

This story was first published in the CASNR NewsCenter. See the original article here.