As the U.S. cotton industry grows in the West, it has also created new business opportunities for a new breed of cotton farmers in Kansas and Texas.
While the U,S.
has become the world’s largest cotton producer, its cotton farmers are now competing against one another for market share.
The trend has been particularly evident in Kansas, where more than 30% of the state’s cotton production is produced from the region.
“This is a great opportunity for cotton growers to increase their market share and expand their business,” said Scott Wilson, executive director of the Cotton Council of Kansas.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to grow our businesses here in Kansas.”
Wilson said he expects Kansas cotton farmers to be among the top growers in the country in the future.
“We’re really getting there,” he said.
“There are a lot of companies who are getting into the business of growing cotton, and they’re really focusing on Kansas.”
Kansas is home to more than 2 million acres of cotton.
Most of that acreage is located in the region’s northern portion of the Uintah Basin, where it’s produced from corn, sorghum and other crops.
The area is the nation’s second-largest cotton producer behind Arkansas, with 2.4 million acres, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Wilson said the region is one of the biggest cotton-growing areas in the U for two reasons: the proximity to a large population of cotton growing states, and the large amount of land that’s available for farming.
Wilson pointed to the state as a place where the state can reap a big economic windfall from its cotton industry.
“Our Cotton Council is really very excited about the opportunity to grow and sell our cotton, because it’s a great place to do that,” he told Fortune.
The Cotton Council’s Wilson said Kansas is a big player in the industry.
Kansas is also home to one of America’s largest farms for the cotton industry, according.
The U.K.-based company, which produces cotton in several U.k. counties, has more than 600 employees in its Kansas City, Kansas, plant.
Wilson noted that the Kansas cotton industry has experienced “significant growth” over the last few years.
“In the last six months alone, we’ve had about 20,000 acres of new cotton produced,” he explained.
“That’s a lot.”
In a report released last year, the U-S.
Department of Commerce estimated that the U as a whole could be a major exporter of cotton by 2030.
Wilson also noted that Kansas has been the top cotton growing state in the United State for several years now.
Wilson and other local leaders say the region has developed a reputation as a “gold mine” for growing cotton.
“The Kansas cotton belt is a very strong area,” Wilson said.
The region’s growing cotton industry is “very well-positioned for the future,” he added.
“So there are a number of things that are going to come out of this.”