The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is the primary source of the information contained herein, based on “The Classification of Cotton,” Agricultural Handbook 566. This version of the handbook is produced by Cotton Incorporated with permission and assistance from USDA. The USDA Mark is a trademark of the United States Department of Agriculture.


Cotton Council International’s mission promotes exports of U.S. cotton, cottonseed, and U.S. manufactured cotton products through activities that affect every phase of the marketing chain. CCI operates in 50 markets under the COTTON USA banner. The COTTON USA banner is a registered trademark of Cotton Council International. This booklet is produced by Cotton Incorporated with support from CCI.

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