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

Sustainable Agriculture at UGA Brings together information on sustainable agriculture including crop rotation, cover crops, and other resources.

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.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

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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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  • Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus CLRDV is related to the virus that causes cotton blue disease, which has been endemic in cotton crops in Argentina and Brazil. Published: 08/12/21
  • 2021 Borlaug Undergraduate Scholar 2021 Borlaug Undergraduate Scholar Cotton breeding research sets Samantha Wegener on a path to success Published: 07/01/21
  • Three products approved Three products approved New registrations are only for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans and will expire in 2025. Published: 11/02/20
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Top Cotton Producers
County Name Value
Crisp $59,389,732
Mitchell 48,115,855
Dooly 46,176,011
Worth 41,131,385
Colquitt 38,406,281
Bulloch 32,921,385
Brooks 29,296,510
Miller 28,233,000
Decatur 27,596,945
Early 26,639,711
State Total: $983,630,257

Displaying farm gate values for 2019. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.