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Important Notice:
In light of the ongoing global situation COVID-19, ACSA leadership and University of Memphis representatives, it has been decided to move forward and cancel this year’s International Cotton Institute. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope you will join next year.

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The 2020 Program

While you are attending the Cotton Institute, you will participate in a six week residential program designed for people entering the cotton industry as well as for those who want to expand their knowledge of the trade.

As a future leader of the industry, you are introduced to all phases of cotton production and marketing, including:

The course of study and training in the classification of cotton includes:

Field trips are an integral part of the Institute program and provide the opportunity for valuable on-site instruction. Locations include a cotton farm, warehouse, textile facility, global merchants, USDA Cotton Ginning Research facility, and the USDA Cotton Division Headquarters office and classing facility.

Institute Certification

Successful completion of the Cotton Institute is based on passing the requirements as well as participating fully in all aspects of the program, including field trips and all extra-curricular activities planned by the Institute. Participant performance is evaluated throughout the program. The Institute reserves the right to deny certification to any student who does not meet these requirements.