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In This Issue
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.)
What Customers Want
Preparation Is Key To Insect Pest Control
Wheat-Cotton Makes Money
Web Poll: Mobile Devices On The Turnrow
Cotton Board Discusses Priorities At Meeting
Cotton's Agenda
Calif. Regulators To Target Farms
Editor's Note
Specialists Speaking
Industry News
Cotton Ginners Marketplace
My Turn: California's Water Wars


Great Quality Begins With The Right Seed

By Jim Frankenfield
Managing Director-International
Olah, Inc.
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Jim FrankenfieldQuality Connection
As a veteran of the textile/apparel industry, one of the fundamental elements I can remember learning is from my formative college years at Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science). The textile and garment business is like a domino effect – the next procedure depends on the previous procedure. Thus, if you start with great quality and work it all the way through the process, you will end up with great quality. And where do you start? Naturally, with high quality fiber – because great fiber makes great yarn, which makes great fabric. Great fabric makes for great dyeing/finishing and great finished fabric becomes the main ingredient in great garments. Real simple... but, oh, so true.

It Starts With Seed
In order to be a factor in this great industry of ours, one thing is paramount. Plant a great seed that produces high quality fiber, and it will make a high quality textile. A simple fact, but this approach usually turns into real results. Just ask the successful people in this industry.

I learned this throughout my career in the mills, whether it was in the United States, Latin America or Asia. It still holds true today no matter what sector of the industry is viewed. Manufacturing centers for the global textile and apparel industries have shifted during the last 50 years, while cotton production areas have remained relatively fixed during that time.

Historical Tradition
Cotton is one industry that the United States has grown up on in our almost two and a half centuries. We can take pride in that fact, and the fact that cotton has also progressed into high performance mode, with such innovative and attractive brands as Certified FiberMax.

Through my affiliation with Bayer CropScience and Olah, Inc., it is inspiring to note that a mature industry, such as ours, is still having constructive innovation through seed developments like FiberMax, which lead to a renewed passion for this industry. Need feedback? Contact me at

From Fiber To Fabric


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