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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.

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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  • 2022 Georgia Farmer Of The Year 2022 Georgia Farmer Of The Year Scotty Raines' dedication to his craft earned him the title 2022 Georgia Farmer of the Year from the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Published: 02/04/22
  • Cover Crops, Living Mulches Cover Crops, Living Mulches The multiyear study will examine the use of living mulches and annual cover crops in cotton production in Georgia. Published: 01/06/22
  • Crop Ecology Crop Ecology Researchers studied test cotton fields using cover crops during the growing season to compare predator insect populations to those in traditionally tilled fields. Published: 09/29/21
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Top Cotton Producers
County Name Value
Dooly $55,928,272
Worth 32,577,110
Colquitt 30,174,282
Mitchell 27,923,220
Bulloch 23,877,818
Brooks 22,513,701
Early 19,155,752
Irwin 18,832,961
Seminole 18,669,420
Terrell 18,574,050
State Total: $727,796,434

Displaying farm gate values for 2020. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.