International Cotton School Brings Pros to Lubbock

The two-week school features hands-on instruction of all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing.

Written by Cory Chandler

More than a dozen cotton industry experts from across the nation are set to attend the Aug. 10 start of the Texas International Cotton School at Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.

“The sessions are structured to provide in a short period of time an integrated understanding of the U.S. cotton industry and how it interacts with the global cotton textile industry,” said Katie Leigh, the school’s coordinator and a communications coordinator with Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science.

The two-week school, a cooperative effort between the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, features hands-on instruction of all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing.

In addition, particular emphasis is placed on high-volume instrument technology and how it’s applied to cotton marketing and textile manufacturing. The school also offers the opportunity to observe a functioning electronic cotton marketing system.

The program includes tours of a modern cotton gin, USDA classing office, Farmer’s Coop Compress, American Cotton Growers mill, ginning moisture technology manufacturer, cottonseed oil mill and the Seam Electronic Cotton Market.

In the past more than 446 students, managers, merchants and textile workers from 57 countries have joined top cotton, commodity and textile experts in the intensive two-week sessions of the Texas International Cotton School.

For more information, or to apply for the Aug. 10-21 session of the Texas International Cotton School, visit www.texasintlcottonschool.com.

Contact: Katie Leigh, communication and recruiting coordinator, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, at (806) 742-1627 or katie.leigh@ttu.edu.