Important Notice:
ACSA is excited to announce the reopening of the ACSA International Cotton Institute. The program will take place June 5-30, 2023. Registration will open October 2022.

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The Institute

The ACSA International Cotton Institute is a four-week residential program designed to provide a basic education in all aspects of the cotton industry and the international business environment for men and women worldwide. From field to fabric, to manual classing and the use of HVI data, through risk management and the basics of price protection - the program offers an in-depth look at cotton from virtually every perspective.

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The Program

While you are attending the Cotton Institute, you will participate in a four-week residential program designed for people entering the cotton industry as well as for those who want to expand their knowledge of the trade. As a future leader of the industry, you are introduced to all phases of cotton production and marketing, including...

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Leaders & Admission

The program is taught by a consortium of guest faculty members drawn from the cotton industry. Their combined experiences in cotton, international trade and marketing, and trans-cultural training, coupled with their global understanding of business practices, ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are covered fully and expertly with the latest information.

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About Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is ideally located in the center of the United States on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. It is the fourth largest inland port in the country and is within 300 miles of 12 states and 65 percent of the U.S. population. It is also the core of one of the country's most productive agricultural areas. Situated in the extreme southwest corner of the state of Tennessee, it is surrounded by the rich, fertile deltas and flatlands of Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Tennessee – all conducive to cotton production.

Touted by its inhabitants as the cotton capital of the world – from its early days in the 1820's when as many as 500 flatboats a day moored at the cobblestones that banked the river – Memphis has long been a regional cotton market and home to many cotton-related business. Cotton companies and classing rooms lined Front Street while traders and merchants walked among bales sampling the fiber. And despite the many changes that have occurred in the industry over the years, cotton remains an integral part of Front Street and Memphis.

Memphis is one of the South's largest and most exciting cities. Professional sports; cultural events such as symphony, ballet, theater, and museum exhibitions; restaurants from diverse ethnic origins; and a wide variety of shopping opportunities are all part of the daily Memphis scene. And all just minutes away from the University of Memphis campus.

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

American Cotton Shippers Association

Endorsed by the Intercontinental Exchange, the National Cotton Council and the Memphis Cotton Exchange

Additional Contact Information

The University of Memphis
Conference & Event Services
365 Innovation Drive
Suite 210
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901-678-5000
Fax: 901-678-5129
E-mail: [email protected]
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