Some Cotton Producers in South Georgia Add Value to Their Products

Some Cotton Producers in South Georgia Add Value to Their Products


[Music]
[Brian Ponder – Southern Drawl Cotton] We were tired of selling cotton for 60 and
70 cents and putting it on a shelf and sending it to China and getting a 70-dollar shirt
back. And there had to be a better way and so, someone
came up with a plan that possible we could make some sheets out of our South Georgia
cotton. [Eddie Dunn – Southern Drawl Cotton]
The whole concept here is to enhance the value on our farm, to save out family farms, and
to encourage people to buy products made in the USA. [Michael Brooks – Southern Drawl Cotton]
Our sheets are made out of 100% combed cotton. It goes through an extra process in spinning
the yarn. So, all the short fibers and contaminants
that may be in our cotton, the raw cotton as it’s going in, it all gets combed out an
cleans it out. It makes a better thread and it makes for
the yarn. Once it opens up and the sizing comes out
of it, it makes for a perfect product. [Brian]
When we decided to get into the sheet business, we knew we couldn’t make a low-end product. We knew we had to have the very best product
that we could make. The amount of cotton it would take, the cost
was just prohibitive. But we knew that’s what we had to do. If we were going to make a sheet, we wanted
it to be the very best sheet anybody could buy in the United States. [Michael]
On a typical bale of cotton, that’s carded only, you’re getting somewhere between 70-72
sets of sheets. With ours being combed, that’s a whole extra
process that’s added in there, we’re getting somewhere around 50 sets of sheets. [Eddie]
We knew that in the beginning we were going to run into difficulties of marketing this
cotton because it’s going to be a higher price sets of sheets, but we really wanted to put
out a quality product and that is the goal here, is to enhance the gate value of our
product here. [Brian]
What we found is when people get the sheets in their hands, they are ordering more sheets
or they’re telling their cousins and their uncles and they’re buying them as wedding
gifts. And the more sheets we get in people’s hands
and they see the quality of the sheets and know the story behind them, the sales are
picking up because of that. [Michael]
Oh, the feedback is awesome, and it’s really been enjoyable getting to meet some of the
people and seeing the reviews that come back off our products. And we’re really proud of that. We want to make sure that everybody that buys
a set of the sheets, they’re proud of what they have. And if they have a problem, we want to try
and fix it. [Brian]
Our cotton is grown right here in Tift, Colquitt, Cook, and Berrien Counties and it’s sent to
a mill and winds up being cut and sewn right here in the state of Georgia. And that’s a fact we are really, really proud
of. The Field to Fabric label certifies that. And when you see a made in the USA label,
I think it’s about 65% of that product is all that’s required to be made in the United
States. Our Field to Fabric label insures that every
bit of that product is made right here in the United States. [Eddie]
It’s good to be part of something like this. This is a very progressive part of the state
and we try to always look forward and look for new ideas and anything we can do to enhance
the value of our farms, we can retain our sons and nephews and whatever to continue
on this life we’re trying to feed the world and clothe the world. [Music]

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