Monsanto Company broke ground Wednesday on its $10.5 million research "megasite" in Lubbock, Texas. The megasite will provide a central point for the company's breeding and testing programs in the High Plains region. The Monsanto Texas Cotton Research Center is being developed on a 12.2 acre site within the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Business Park.
According to Dr. Trevor Hohls, Monsanto global cotton breeding lead, this facility will let programs in Hale Center and Haskell work alongside discovery breeding, biotech and testing programs. A new testing center in South Texas will connect to these as well as provide additional environments to use in the breeding and testing of Monsanto's products.
Hohls says Texas is the major player in the U.S. cotton industry with more than 50% of the country's planted acres. "We have made some great progress with well-adapted germplasm in the past couple of years and this increase in research will provide continued breakthroughs in genetics and technology for the farm," Hohls said.