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U.S. cotton farmers are suffering from two years of depressed prices — China, weather and yoga pants are mainly to blame

Dec 29, 2017
The trendiness of synthetic fiber yoga pants is hurting American cotton farmers. But deep in the heart of North Carolina, cotton researchers are designing new fabrics to stay competitive.
NC Cotton Farmer David Dunlow in one of his fields.
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How this woman revolutionized her small town's economy

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Huang Daopo transformed the cotton industry in China hundreds of years before the West
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Cotton subsidies may help growers finance their season

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A USDA aid program will offer $300 million in assistance to cotton farmers.
Cotton producers in the U.S. have had a rough time these past few years.
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China's 11 million tons of cotton might lead to cheaper jeans

Mar 17, 2016
China's 11 million metric ton stockpile of cotton is causing a fall in market prices.
Cotton pickers harvest a crop of cotton at a field in Hami, in China's far west Xinjiang region on September 20, 2011, The Chinese government planned a market-control strategy designed to support cotton farmers, with a sudden decline in export orders for China-made textiles and garments which in turn affect domestic cotton prices. Now they have too much.  
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Cotton no longer king in Louisiana

Jul 31, 2013
Southern farmers have largely turned away from planting cotton, because grain crops are more profitable.

Subsidies keep Texas cotton farmers growing

Aug 17, 2012
The aid, which dates from the Great Depression, could end when Congress acts on the next farm bill. The World Trade Organization has ruled it's an illegal subsidy, and legislators are looking for budget items to slash.

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