Opening of a local "mega-site" cotton facility - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Opening of a local "mega-site" cotton facility

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Monsanto Company opened its doors for a Cotton Breeding facility in Lubbock Tuesday morning. The site, the Monsanto Texas Cotton Research Center, is being developed on a 12.2-acre site within the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Business Park. Dr. Trevor Hohls, Monsanto global cotton breeding lead, said it will draw together a number of programs and contribute additional resources in the area.

Multiple research programs will be run out of Lubbock's Cotton Breeding facility and the Monsanto Company anticipates that the investments will be mutually beneficial for farmers in the area, the cotton industry, and for Monsanto as well.

The Creation of this "mega-site" with the expanded testing network in Texas is a major investment of $10.5 Million, but the research that will be done at the mega-site will enable discovery of new strategic traits that will improve farmer's profit potential. All this is done to increase yield potential and produce better quality fiber, which are the goals of the Monsanto Company's. The mega-site will have a concentrated testing effort on water use efficiency or WUE for short.

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