Cotton industry reps go with flow



Cotton doesn’t go from a plant to a fabric overnight, states the philosophy behind a gathering Thursday morning, Sept. 19.

The Texas Cotton Association acknowledged the vast scope of its industry and the connections among aspects such as growth, shipping and production. Some hot topics in the multi-presentation program focused on cotton’s role in the changing world economy.

“It takes all segments of the industry to function properly,” said Gary Chesnutt, president of the association. “The information we gather here will allow us to anticipate problems and plan for a smooth, orderly and timely movement of the West Texas crop.”

The “flow” in the association’s 75th West Texas flow/marketing meeting describes the movement of cotton through production stages.

Of the more than 200 participants it brought to the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, some came from the other side of the state. A few hailed from as far away as Memphis, Tenn.

Co-host Ray Ragsdale of MemTex Cotton Marketing described a crop grown locally but further-produced nearly everywhere else. He estimated the “trickle-down effect” for area cotton is $8 billion.

“In West Texas, cotton is king,” he said.