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Cotton gets greener - Big growth for sustainable farming

By: Farms.com  

The latest Annual Report from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol presents a compelling narrative of sustainability within the U.S. cotton industry. Now representing nearly, a quarter of the nation’s cotton acreage, the protocol underscores the agricultural community’s dedication to environmental sustainability. 

The report illustrates the protocol’s significant impact, with enrolled growers tripling since the program’s launch in 2020. These 975 growers, who now manage 1.7 million acres across all cotton-producing states, have made strides in improving the sustainability metrics established by the protocol. 

Achievements highlighted include a substantial 79% reduction in soil loss, showing a commitment to soil conservation. Growers have also reported a 12% increase in yields compared to the national average, alongside an 83% positive soil carbon index.  

The protocol has recorded a 14% increase in water use efficiency, a 27% reduction in energy use, and a 21% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. 

These improvements reflect the protocol's commitment to regenerative agriculture practices, employing techniques that maintain the health of the land and ensure the long-term viability of farming operations. 

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol's efforts are a testament to the sector's capability for continuous improvement and sustainability. Daren Abney's remarks highlight the critical role of data in driving these advancements, enabling informed decisions that contribute to the sector's environmental goals. 

As the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol continues to evolve, its impact on the cotton industry and broader agricultural practices becomes increasingly significant. Through meticulous data collection and a focus on sustainable practices, the protocol is paving the way for a more sustainable future in cotton farming. 


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