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Building trust for U.S. Cotton

Consumers want to know more about how what they buy is produced. One program, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is working to provide answers.

Willie Vogt

April 28, 2023

19 Min Listen

Just how is cotton raised in the United States? And what are farmers doing to be more sustainable with this important fiber and oilseed crop? Good questions both, and the industry is stepping up to answer that for buyers with information direct from growers in the U.S. Cotton Trust Program.

The program helps farmers better understand their operations and find ways to keep becoming more efficient. In this episode of Around Farm Progress, Sledge Taylor, who farms in northern Mississippi, joined the Trust Protocol where he shares his farm information into the system. For clarification, his information remains private – as he explains – but is aggregated to provide full transparency to cotton buyers about how U.S. cotton is produced.

Taylor discusses why he joined the program, the process involved and offers some insight into why other farmers should join, no matter their farm size. It’s an interesting program with aiming to show a competitive world market that U.S. farmers are ahead of the curve.

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Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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