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Organic cotton will be touted at Beltwide Cotton Conferences


GREENFIELD, Mass. (Nov. 2, 2000)—A session at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences slated for January 2001 in Anaheim, CA, will focus on organic cotton production and use.

In a session scheduled for Jan. 13 as part of the Cotton Economics and Marketing Conference, Sandra Marquardt, coordinator of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Fiber Council, will address U.S. and international production and marketing trends of organic cotton. At that time, she will release year 2000 per-state domestic organic cotton planted acreage data as well as analyses of 1990-2000 domestic organic cotton production trends, final 1999 yield data, and preliminary 2000 yield data. Initial results indicate U.S. organic cotton production has increased 14-fold over its inception in 1990.

"Discussion of organic cotton as part of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences is another indication of organic’s acceptance as a good agricultural practice and an economically viable production choice for farmers and the agricultural community as a whole," said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA’s executive director.

Following Marquardt’s talk, three OTA-member companies—Nike, Inc., Patagonia, Inc. and Genetic ID—will give presentations related to organic fiber. Patagonia and Nike representatives will speak about use of organic cotton in their sportswear lines. Patagonia uses 100 percent organic cotton, while Nike blends a small percentage of organic cotton in its fabric. Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Genetic ID will speak on non-GMO certification of organic and conventional cotton products.

Coordinated by the National Cotton Council and its cooperating partners, the Beltwide Cotton Conferences are an annual forum for farmers, mills, researchers, extension personnel and agribusiness representatives to learn about the latest research developments and their practical applications in cotton production and processing.

November 2, 2000

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