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U of M Will Host International Cotton Institute June 2-July 20 University News
For release: May 20, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

For the fifth year, the University of Memphis, in cooperation with the American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA), will host the International Cotton Institute to train future leaders in the global cotton industry. This summer’s program will run from June 2 to July 20 at the Fogelman Executive Center on the U of M campus.

The eight-week residential program is designed to provide a basic education in all aspects of the cotton industry and the international business environment. Participants from U.S. cotton-growing states and several foreign countries are expected to attend. They are involved in all facets of the cotton industry.

Students will learn the cotton trade from field to fabric. Coursework covers manual classing, the use of high volume instruments for classing raw cotton, buying, transportation, fiber manufacturing, risk management and the basics of price protection. In addition to classroom instruction, field trips are planned to cotton fields, classing and shipping facilities, warehouses, and textile mills.

Almost a fourth of the nation’s cotton is grown in the Mid-South, with the major Memphis cotton firms trading 15 to 20 percent of the world’s cotton. Innovations in cotton’s production, processing, classification, and transportation, as well as the evolution of new trade patterns brought on by the expansion of free trade in cotton throughout the world, require expanded educational programs for those involved in the cotton industry.

Since its creation in 1995, the Cotton Institute has educated more than 682 men and women from 62 countries.

For more information about the Institute, contact Lynnetta Smith, U of M conference and event coordinator, by phone at 901-678-1356 or via email at lrsmith6@memphis.edu
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