Farmers switching from growing cotton

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Jobs are being lost and rural economies
are suffering as farmers in some parts of the U.S. switch from
growing cotton to corn.

Economists estimate for every three jobs needed to produce
cotton, only one is needed to grow corn or soybeans. They say it's
difficult to say exactly how many jobs have been lost, but the
shift is real.

Most cotton jobs are in post-production, and that's where losses
have been greatest. The National Cotton Ginners Association says
the number of gins in the U.S. has dropped from 835 in 2006 to an
estimated 700.

Yazoo Planters Gin Co., near Yazoo City, Miss., has gone from
ginning as many as 20 farmers' cotton to four.

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