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Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative

 Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative

Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative

(TOCMC) members produce the majority of the organic cotton grown in the United States. Founded in 1993, TOCMC is headquartered in Lubbock, Texas. And most of its members are located in the surrounding South Plains area. 

This region of Texas, the heart of “the world’s largest cotton patch,” is well-suited to the production of organic cotton. 

Winter temperatures are cold enough to limit insect pressure. And provide a hard freeze to defoliate the cotton plants prior to mechanical harvest.

In addition, a sunny climate and quick-drying soils facilitate timely weed control.

Texas Leads the Nation in Organic Cotton Production

The cooperative has approximately 40 producer members who plant 10-19,000 acres of organic and transitional cotton each year.  In recent years, total annual production on these family farms has ranged from 6,000 to 15,000 bales.

Since many of these farms have limited or no irrigation, so they depend on rainfall to irrigate there farms.

 

TOCMC and its members are certified organic under the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA-NOP).  Each bale of cotton marketed by TOCMC is tracked from the field to the customer.  Buyers can know the producer’s name and farm for each bale purchased.

USDA classing specifications are used to classify each bale of TOCMC cotton into different quality pools. The farmers are paid based on the quality of the cotton.

 The cotton can vary from every year due to the growing season and rain near harvest can destroy the crop.

 

 

The quality pools are also the basis of TOCMC’s price structure. 

Customers receive the type of cotton they ordered from the warehouse baes on the quality requested.

 

TOCMC members grow other organic crops including peanuts, wheat, corn, blue corn, milo, forage sorghum, soybeans, blackeye peas, and watermelons. 

A By-Product of the ginning process is the removal of Cotton seeds. These seeds are are sold to local dairt farms for feed.

 

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