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Unformatted text preview: Cotton industry in Ariz. frayed by urban growth. stooges-“sesame TI-tI: An'rsoiu. Resonate [toe of the historic five 13’s of Arisortas economy is shrink— ins Cotton was one of the state’s eomioinic backbones, along as: truth cattle, copper. climateartd 3m citrus. Eliot cotton fields are dwinu dhngas urhanspra'wl overtakes more fannland, Arizona Farm- ers note astheywind down the annual harvest This year, Arizona farmers planted 215,000 mass of cut— ton,a55percentdtopfrontdte 533,000 acres in production' in 1931, said Rick Laviaviceptesl- dent of the Arizona Comm Growers Association. “I wish we could grow more and theprices werehettec" La- .vis, said. 55 cents per r:tflllili‘l‘ot‘o five years ago, s .lint it costs ?'5 cents a pound to produce, he said. *Doesnt sound very profit- fie, does it?" Levis asked. “If ‘ trend lhics tell us anything, it prohahlyis continuing-colic a diminishing commodity he- .oanse of ui'hsitl‘sstion and illicit. Ifyou’te not makinghaclr flicfloentstoficentsapormd thatitooststoprodueeiaeitr-I Cotton land shrinks As urban areas es oand, available land to grow cotton is dwindling. _ “WWW .' t.- 9-3- 'H'ilfl‘fll-‘UI 03 Til-ITEM Source: Athens Cotton Growers inoculation lEPthNE HERNMDEZJ’THE REPUBLIC tottonbytiionuiers TlteAhthrlcan cotton lndustryto— tats $15 billion in promotes-ts services amually, sane-sting more than soaooo 05. lots from farm totertile factories. amnion-punchline»- hu'fl-‘IHHM I I'll pairs olis'ans. I Embedsheets. I too hath towels. I Wmen's Tshirts. l motlowcases. _I “diapers. Ilfl‘l rnidcalf socks _ ifimmfl slits-.1 Watson. nienmpricesupportsan hs~ low-market loan rates, keep cotton profitable fiirArisona {amasIavissaidfi Whencote tunprices n'se, subsidies cle- clinfihesaid. - —-—___ WW Santos. mitotic-rial Cotton ' Council ' ‘lh sesasltdetl'nwwflh more. _pl_ctt.u& tithe cnthitt'llarvest and demonstrators. sits Mon. longdocline _ __ Inlil‘BLcottonplaye-ditshigh' geomartinhrinons'ssgricnltu- ral makeup when Ltimiilion holes: that 131111 all“ formnrethanzspet- oenfoffliestatelsflflhiillon magi-iculniral-prod 11.5. Department of Agricola totes National Agt'imttl'trsl -5tafistlcs5ervicesaid. j In2005, nothinrevemiewss m'hflfioentofdieslate’s .Thisyear ,Ariaonawillpro- dime nearly 593,000 halos worth'ahout $153niillion. Therot'alIIS. oottonprodttc— tion in 2005 is estimated at 2L3hiillionhales,secondonly toChinaatfiUJmillionhales. 'AhoutFSporoontoftheUfi. cotton crop. imludins the ear tireArisenascrolszexportedto ChimandIndonesinwheneit’s woven into fahoic and sewn intoclothesandodiergoods. GotoinintheValley Pinalandhllaricopa countim produoedalargeporfionofflis shhe’s215000scresthis'year.. - In 2005, the two counties produoodahont two-thirtisof the slane‘s cotton production, flmUSDAssidYnmnGrahnin andLaPaacottndessternid- sisecottongrowets. Valley commuters still can watch cotton grow each att- tumn alongIcop 101 through titeSaltRiverResenralionone agriculture. But even on the Valley‘s nearby Indian remacaronituttil fat‘nilandisgivingwaycohous— ing and commercial develop- ments And only a small por- eenmge oi what is formed is used for growing cotton 0n the Salt River Reserva— tion, about 11,000 acres are farmed, mostlybynon—Indisns who lease from tribal nieinh heraflfchooe 11,000acra, only 2. 300 are used to grow cotton. Someatleit ?2,who_oper— ates Associath Farms, is the ‘ervafionhstweehheoom- pletedthe-harvestof-lflflacros eastandwestofLoop lollies: ihisflmm man‘lilhqlfisfl yeartoru cumin, Harley saidhe pleased.- "0ut hers bent-st. is 50116:”- liosaid.“Giadthetirst _ ofit flamefloivwecan slit- For so years, Hsdoy'has leased land on the Salt Rover+ Reservationl-Iealsoprodncos 500 acres of alfalfa and 500 acres ofcotn. During harvest season, he employs 15 people to operate the six ooInon— chines and five machines that compacttheoottonhetoreitis 'Wtsportedtoarogionalgin Thenextsrepistoprepare. neariydififlh-ponhdehste heeosenttoPinslGinCnin olCasa Grands. wheteitis tossed hito 500-poulid hiareadytoheshippodto oiannfacturers' During-theharvestseason, Pinalfl'tn employs 25 people to help operate the machinery that separates the cotton from seeds. This year, Both Schletter, a manager at the gin c any. expects to recess” t 55,000 halos ofpootton, running the gin 20 hours day. “For me, that's a num- hor this year,” 5 otter said. I"'ltot as far as volume thisyear, it’s down a little bit Every year is different because some (fanners) will rotate their crops." good “Everyyearisa year, ltnoelton'aio-od,”I shesaid. "So far; we’ve had good UIHEWWW on dirt res- some" ' l ...
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