T here is growing interest in and demand for organic cotton from consumers and companies, speakers will report at the US Beltwide Cotton Conferences. According to data prepared by the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Fiber Council, US organic cotton acreage has increased 15-fold since 1990, when only 900 acres were grown. During 2000, an estimated 13,460 acres of certified organic and transitional cotton were planted in six states. These plantings were 43 per cent greater than the 9,368 acres planted in 1998. During 2000, organic cotton was grown for the first time in Kansas.