Georgia was the first colony to produce cotton commercially, first planting it near Savannah in 1734. In 1793 school teacher Eli Whitney invented and patented the cotton gin. The first major textile mill was built in 1811 near Washington, Ga. Cotton was an ingredient in the first light bulb, the telegraph, the Wright brothers' plane, and the first automobile tires.

Georgia ranks third nationally in cotton production and acres planted, and UGA Extension continues to aid in the growth of cotton production. Cotton-related professions provide 53,000 jobs in the state of Georgia, and cotton's overall impact exceeds $3 billion.

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UGA-affiliated sites

UGA Georgia Cotton News Information about Georgia cotton including newsletters, breaking news, and relevant links.

Impact Statements: Cotton Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to cotton.

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics IPBGG faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.

UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Learn more about the agricultural and applied economics department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Learn more about the crop and soil sciences department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Georgia Cotton Commission GCC site featuring annual meeting information, guest speaker profiles, state statistics, cotton lint and seed facts, educational resources, and related links.

We're Here To Help Contact your local UGA Extension office to find out how our team of county agents can assist you.
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UGA Georgia Cotton News This site shares information from the UGA Cotton Team to keep Georgia cotton stakeholders informed about changes in production practices and policy changes.
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  • Pesticide Drift Many factors contribute to lack of pesticide drift complaints, including assistance from UGA Cooperative Extension agents. Published: 10/26/17
  • Conservation Tillage Conservation tillage system saves farmers time and money while improving the soil. Published: 10/23/17
  • Agricultural Awareness Day Hands-on demonstrations and educational opportunities provide local elementary school students with modern agricultural knowledge. Published: 10/20/17
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Top Cotton Producers
County Name Value
Dooly $60,984,080
Worth 49,124,394
Mitchell 43,460,003
Colquitt 38,375,485
Bulloch 34,839,147
Early 26,712,504
Coffee 26,504,331
Crisp 25,573,093
Thomas 25,287,066
Brooks 25,206,508
State Total: $967,690,060

Displaying farm gate values for 2016. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.