Monday, July 1, 2019, Texas Tech University and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cotton and Tobacco Program (C&T) signed a cooperative agreement to allow C&T to construct, own and operate a cotton classing facility on Texas Tech's campus in Lubbock, near the Rawls Golf Course.
“The significance of this agreement is huge,” says Deputy Administrator Darryl Earnest, USDA-AMS Cotton and Tobacco. “This is unprecedented, which is very exciting.” He says while USDA is the world leader in cotton classification and standardization, the new facility will allow USDA to use state-of-the-art technology to test aspects of cotton that haven't been tested other places, "and keep pushing that bar up on what we do in the accuracy of fiber testing."
Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec and USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, signed the historic agreement in the courtyard of the Bayer Plant Science Building. U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington and Mike Conaway delivered remarks at the event along with participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking. Several in the cotton industry, from growers to ginners to researchers, were on hand to witness the event as well.
To hear more from Schovanec, Earnest, Ibach, Conaway and Arrington, along with cotton grower and Plains Cotton Growers President Stacy Smith, about the significance of this agreement and the benefit of the state-of-the-art facility to cotton, Texas Tech, agriculture and Lubbock, watch this video.
For more information about the event, see Texas Tech, USDA to bring cotton classing facility to campus
To hear what Conaway had to say about trade with China and what Plains Cotton Growers has been up to on behalf of farmers, view Congressman gives trade update, PCG President talks about 2019 crop