More than 25 countries and several states were on hand for the National Cotton Council’s Sourcing USA summit held this week at the beautiful Hyatt Lost Pines resort in Bastrop.
I was honored to greet our out-of-state and international guests and welcome them to Texas on behalf of our 24 million citizens.
It was easy to say great things about our dynamic cotton industry. Texas cotton producers generate more than a third of the nation’s cotton and provide seven percent of the world’s cotton supply. This enormous contribution results in billions of dollars to the Texas economy and thousands of jobs across the Lone Star State. In fact, our cotton producers grew enough cotton last year to make 1.7 billion pairs of blue jeans. Pretty cool, huh?