Cotton in the United States - Statistics & Facts

The U.S. cotton industry accounts for more than $21 billion in products and services annually, generating more than 125,000 jobs in the industry sectors from farm to textile mill. The cotton yield per harvested acre was at 817 pounds per acre in 2019, as there were over 13 million acres of planted cotton that year. Of the cotton acreage in the United States, five million acres were planted with genetically modified cotton as of 2018.

In terms of cotton production by state, U.S. cotton is mostly grown and harvested in the Southern states, also known as the "Cotton Belt". The federal state of Texas, the nation's top cotton-producing state, accounted for the majority of the country's total cotton production, followed by Georgia and Mississippi. More than 2.3 billion U.S. dollars' worth of cotton was produced in Texas in 2018. U.S. farmers typically receive an average price of 86 cents per pound, an increase from the year before.

Cottonseed, the most valuable by-product of cotton processing, is produced in millions of tons within the United States. The small, leftover cotton fibers attached to the seed are removed and used to make products like rayon, plastics, explosives, and lacquers. Cottonseed itself can be used as a protein source to feed to cows, with 900 thousand tons of cottonseed meal being produced in the 2018/2019 year. Cottonseed oil can also be used in cooking; however, consumption rates in the U.S. have been steadily declining.

The United States exported about 15 million bales of cotton in 2018, and imported five thousand bales that same year. Exports of cottonseed were lower, at 425,000 tons. In comparison, exports of cottonseed oil reached 125 million pounds for 2018/2019. The United States is the world's largest exporter in cotton, sending thousands/millions of tons to places like Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

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Cotton in the United States - Statistics & Facts

The U.S. cotton industry accounts for more than $21 billion in products and services annually, generating more than 125,000 jobs in the industry sectors from farm to textile mill. The cotton yield per harvested acre was at 817 pounds per acre in 2019, as there were over 13 million acres of planted cotton that year. Of the cotton acreage in the United States, five million acres were planted with genetically modified cotton as of 2018.

In terms of cotton production by state, U.S. cotton is mostly grown and harvested in the Southern states, also known as the "Cotton Belt". The federal state of Texas, the nation's top cotton-producing state, accounted for the majority of the country's total cotton production, followed by Georgia and Mississippi. More than 2.3 billion U.S. dollars' worth of cotton was produced in Texas in 2018. U.S. farmers typically receive an average price of 86 cents per pound, an increase from the year before.

Cottonseed, the most valuable by-product of cotton processing, is produced in millions of tons within the United States. The small, leftover cotton fibers attached to the seed are removed and used to make products like rayon, plastics, explosives, and lacquers. Cottonseed itself can be used as a protein source to feed to cows, with 900 thousand tons of cottonseed meal being produced in the 2018/2019 year. Cottonseed oil can also be used in cooking; however, consumption rates in the U.S. have been steadily declining.

The United States exported about 15 million bales of cotton in 2018, and imported five thousand bales that same year. Exports of cottonseed were lower, at 425,000 tons. In comparison, exports of cottonseed oil reached 125 million pounds for 2018/2019. The United States is the world's largest exporter in cotton, sending thousands/millions of tons to places like Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

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