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Justification for and Implications of Increasing Cotton Acreage in Virginia: A Case Study of Southampton County

Dixie Watts Reaves, Wes Alexander


Cotton acreage in Virginia has increased dramatically over the past few years and has nearly doubled in each of the last two years. In-person interviews of 77 Southampton County producers revealed that the potential profit opportunity provided by cotton was the primary driving force behind entering cotton production. Cotton's availability as a good rotation crop for peanuts was another key motivating factor, as were the low profit margins of other traditional Southeastern Virginia crops. Increasing numbers of first-time cotton producers means more demand for education and training programs from the land-grant system and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 477 - 479
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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