Farm and Ranch Museum’s March 9 presentation is all about cotton


Cotton and its history in the United States is the subject of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum’s (NMFRHM) next Culture Series presentation, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the museum 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

There is no charge to attend the presentation.

The presenter is Ed Hughes, who worked in the cotton industry from 1976 until his retirement in 2017, NMFRHM said in a news release. Hughes will cover the history of cotton ginning and production in the U.S. from the earliest days on the East Coast to its migration to New Mexico and beyond.

Hughes, a longtime lead researcher for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Lab near New Mexico State University, was born in Quay County, New Mexico and grew up on a small cattle ranch near Nara Visa, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in agriculture engineering from Ohio State University. Hughes and his wife, Patricia, moved back to Las Cruces in 1976 when he went to work for the lab.

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