As farmers move from cotton to corn, jobs are lost

Fields of white cotton once stretched as far as the eye could see across the fertile Mississippi Delta, but now many of those acres are flush with green corn stalks.


Economists estimate for every three jobs needed to produce cotton, only one is needed to grow corn or soybeans. It's difficult to say how many jobs have been lost, but the shift is real, and rural economies are feeling the effect, said Darren Hudson, director of the Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech.

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