U.S. Produces 20% of World’s Cotton

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Posted by Karyn Moyer

The U.S. cotton industry generates about 200,000 jobs.  98% of cotton is grown in 14 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Texas produces more than any other state, and it is the state’s leading cash crop.

The U.S. cotton industry produces 20% of the world’s cotton, and the crop makes up 40% of the world’s fiber production. The plant is produced on about 3,500 farms in the U.S.

Cotton is both food and fiber. Cottonseed is used as supplement for dairy feed and can also be processed into oil. A bale weighs about 500lbs, which is the equivalent to the weight of a fully grown grizzly bear. One bale can produce 1,217 t-shirts, 765 men’s dress shirts, 21, 960 handkerchiefs, 313,600 $100 dollar bills, 215 pairs of jeans, or 4,321 mid-calf socks.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.