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Research Project: Cotton Coproducts Processing to Increase Value and Improve Sustainability

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Project Number: 3096-21410-009-007-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2021
End Date: Dec 31, 2021

Objective:
To develop and/or evaluate value-added processes that will enhance the utilization and economic value of cottonseed and cotton byproducts to improve cotton's sustainability and contribute to grower profitability.

Approach:
The processing equipment at the Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit (CPPRU) will be utilized to evaluate various processing techniques to either add-value to cottonseed and cotton byproducts or reduce processing costs. Prototype equipment will be designed and built at CPPRU or a cooperators facility and tested for efficacy. Test quantities of product, will be produced for research as directed by Cotton Inc, in the areas of food, feed, oil field, erosion control or fuel. These products will be evaluated in conjunction with other researchers/cooperators who will assess the end use effects of these products. In addition to utilizing the facility for research, assistance will be provided to individuals and/or companies looking to implement innovations. Facilitating and coordinating the scale-up and commercialization of the brush delinter or other relevant technologies will be a primary focus of this project. Anticipated Accomplishments: Develop and/or refine processing techniques that will either produce value-added products or reduce the cost of production and install a test a cottonseed preconditioning system at a commercial facility. Results from this research will be published in various Conference and Journal publications and/or be presented at industry conferences/meetings.