The recent Grand Opening ceremony for the Monsanto Texas Cotton Breeding and Technology Center in Lubbock underscored Monsanto’s commitment to the Texas cotton industry and to developing varieties that adapt to the region that produces 60 percent of the nation’s cotton.

“Cotton is big in Texas,” said Ted Crosbie, vice-president for Global Plant Breeding for Monsanto. “That’s why we built this megasite in Lubbock. This will be our main cotton breeding center.”

Trevor Hohls, Global Cotton Breeding Lead, said the center will include three breeding programs — one for the High Plains, one for the Rolling Plains and one as a discovery team, working on value-added characteristics.