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Cotton economist Carl Anderson to retire Aug. 31

Carl Anderson, nationally respected cotton marketing analyst and Texas A&M University Extension agricultural economist, will retire Aug. 31 after a 35-year association with the A&M Department of Agricultural Economics.

In a letter announcing the retirement, Roland Smith, Associate Department Head for Extension for the Agricultural Economics Department, said during his career Anderson made a tremendous difference “that translates into a healthier economic climate for the Texas cotton producer.

“Carl has achieved an outstanding record of accomplishments. He is a nationally recognized authority on cotton marketing and policy and has been a leader in education concerning the use of futures and options contracts to reduce risk in the cotton industry.

“His evaluation of marketable fiber characteristics provided information used by growers to improve their markets by enhancing fiber quality, an impact estimated to have increased grower income in excess of $20 million per year.”

Smith also said a graduate assistant scholarship fund has been established to honor Anderson's decades of work. Funds will be used to support Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M.

“Gifts to this fund will be used to establish a legacy to help insure a continuing commitment to excellence in addressing Texas' needs in cotton economics, as exemplified in Dr. Carl Anderson throughout his illustrious career,” Smith said.

He also said the department is taking specific steps to maintain and enhance the highly successful cotton economics programs developed by Anderson.

For more information on the scholarship fund, call Smith at (979) 845-1751


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