April 5, 2010
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is forecasting an increase in acres devoted to cotton. The traditional Southern crop could increase from 10 percent to 12 percent this year in southeast Virginia.
The Farm Bureau's Spencer Neale says the forecast reflects a rebounding economy as people begin to purchase more clothing. That demand drives up the price of the crop.
A crop that used to cover 100,000 acres dropped to 60,000 acres a couple years ago. That figure could grow to 70,000 acres in 2010.
In 2008, Virginia cotton growers generated more than $36 million in cash receipts. Measured by acres harvested, cotton is still among Virginia's top 10 crops.