Facing Formidable Challenges, Cotton Business Aims to Move Forward.

January / February 2020 • By Debra Cobb

From rising tariffs to falling demand, and from sustainability issues to supply chain ethics, the cotton industry is currently dealing with a perfect storm of challenges. Amidst these difficulties, the “fabric of our lives” — long the fiber of choice for apparel and home textiles — is determined to improve future prospects from field to marketplace.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) November 2019 report, cotton stocks are high, and demand is falling. The USDA expects mill consumption to decline in China, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Thailand, Turkey, the U.S. and Vietnam.