Opinion Stories


Designing a Brighter Future for Cotton

December 10, 2012

The choice between natural or synthetic fibers is a crucial decision that every textile professional needs to address at the


China Makes Better Cotton a Top Priority

November 29, 2012

One could make the case that the Q3 issue of Cotton International brings together the most important topic (sustainability) and


Today’s Butterflies Are Tomorrow’s Hurricanes

November 27, 2012

The theme of the 2012 Mid-Year issue is, “United We Rise,” in recognition of the fact that a high level


Cotton’s Image Suffers from Confusion about Sustainability

August 2, 2012

Ask 10 different people what “sustainability” means and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. While there might be some confusion


We’re All in the Same Boat

May 1, 2012

If there’s one thing we have all learned over these past few years, it’s that the ability to adapt to

The Upside of Options

May 1, 2012

By Ben JacksonChief Operating Officer, ICE Futures U.S. Futures trading on cotton began in New York in 1870 as a

Like Cotton Itself, Adversity Makes Our Industry Stronger

April 26, 2012

After what seemed like a remarkable run of relative stability in the cotton industry, in hindsight, these last few years

Weaving Sustainability into the Cotton Industry

April 18, 2012

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) was launched to stimulate and support sustainability in the cotton industry and make Better Cotton

The Value Chain Grows Ever Tighter

April 12, 2012

Ever since I was old enough to learn the alphabet, I’ve been a voracious reader. As a boy, I spent

Notes from the Gin Show

April 1, 2012

One of the great parts of our job as ag journalists is getting to meet all of the colorful characters

Gleaning the Best of the Rest

April 1, 2012

At the Mid-South Farm and Gin show in Memphis, Joe Nicosia gives the annual economic update. Nicosia is CEO of

There’s No Substitute for Personal Interaction

March 29, 2012

Over the course of my 20+ years in publishing, I’ve done hundreds of interviews, both on the phone and in

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Free, but fair, trade is the need of the hour.


Cotton and the Looming Farm Bill

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Cotton’s New Year’s Resolutions

January 10, 2018

What would a list of New Year’s Resolutions look like for the U.S. cotton industry? Beck Barnes has some thoughts to consider.


Plow Thru Cancer With Me, Won’t You?

November 10, 2017

Cotton Grower Editor/Publisher Beck Barnes gets personal about family and St. Jude...and shares a special request for the cotton community.


Several Factors Vital to U.S. Cotton Industry Growth

October 31, 2017

Maintaining market share, enhanced consumer awareness and continued investments in research and development are needed to keep the U.S. cotton industry advancing.


Five-Year-Old Girl Enthused by Cotton Research

October 27, 2017

A visit to a cotton research lab can help encourage students – even five-year-old girls – to consider a career in science.


Creating Novel Functional Cottons

September 15, 2017

Incorporation of biological molecules to cotton may lead to development of novel functional cottons.


Outlook Still Optimistic for Texas Cotton

September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has focused the eyes of the world on Texas. Although cotton losses along the Gulf Coast are substantial, there is still optimism for a bumper crop as the High Plains moves toward harvest.


Some New Thoughts for the Cotton Industry

August 23, 2017

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech spent part of his summer in India, observing and discussing the country’s cotton industry and goals. He shares some of his observations in this commentary.


No One Reason for “Frustrating” Dicamba Issue

July 18, 2017

Tennessee Weed Specialist Larry Steckel has walked hundreds of drift-damaged soybean fields in the past few weeks. He shares some opinions about possible reasons for the problem.


Global Cotton Must Confront Polyester

February 23, 2017

In the face of massive shifts in consumption, member nations of the WTO must hold polyester to the same standards as cotton.