Alabama cotton county building gin for first time in decades

August 11, 2018

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A county at the heart of Alabama’s cotton industry is getting a new gin for the first time in generations.

Associated Growers Cooperative is building a more than $7.2 million gin in Limestone County, near the Tennessee line in north Alabama.

The facility’s assistant manager, Billy Stickler, tells the Decatur Daily the complex is the first new cotton gin constructed in Limestone in 60 years. Gins separate cotton fibers from seeds and are a vital component in cotton production.

Government statistics show Limestone and adjacent Madison counties were Alabama’s top-producing cotton areas last year.

Max Runge of the Alabama Extension System says cotton is a bright spot in Alabama agriculture, and a new gin is good news because the state needs the infrastructure.


Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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