Thirty-two students, about half of which come from 12 countries around the world, graduated from the Texas International Cotton School, held August 8-12 and 15-19 at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute of Texas Tech University.

The school, held annually in Lubbock, is now in its 22ndyear and this session attracted a record enrollment. Since its inception in 1989, a total of 514 students from 59 countries in the world and 16 states in the United States have attended.

The school is a collaboration between the Texas cotton merchants who make up the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and FBRI faculty and staff. The intensive program allows students the opportunity to learn about cotton from field to fabric, taught by 31 experts from across the United States. Topics include seed breeding, farm production, harvesting, ginning, warehousing, merchandising, and textile manufacturing.

All aspects of U.S. and global cotton trade are covered, so students obtain an understanding of what is required to participate in the U.S. cotton market successfully and to deliver the cottons needed in a diverse U.S. and export market. They learn about the important quality attributes of cotton fibers and how these translate into processing efficiency and textile product quality. Students also have the opportunity to interact with members of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and others in the agribusiness community at social events.

Arwin Johnson, current president of the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, is gratified by the schools’ success.