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Cotton classing automation system under construction

Progress continues on USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Cotton Classification Complex

Progress continues at the building site of the USDA AMS Lubbock Cotton Classification Complex, located on Texas Tech University campus. The state-of-the-art facility is the first to be located on a university campus. 

The complex will not only class the region's cotton but serve as a learning facility for students and others. 

Deputy Administrator Darryl Earnest, USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program, spoke with Farm Press about the progress, slight delays and areas of the facility designed to give spectators or students a clearer view of the classing process.


USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program Deputy Administrator Darryl Earnest, center, gives Greg Wakefield, left, and Bryant Rawley, right, Wakefield Inspection Services, a tour of the facility. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

Construction began in May of 2020. The new facility will class upwards of 50,000 samples per day.

swfp-shelley-huguley-usda-earnest-conference.jpgUSDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program Deputy Administrator Darryl Earnest stands in what will eventually be the conference room. The windows behind him will enable spectators to view the cotton classing automation system from an elevated spot versus at ground level. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

To read more about the facility, click on the following links:

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