Today, the world uses cotton more than any other fiber, and it is the leading cash crop in the United States. At the farm level alone, the production of each year's crop involves the purchase of more than four billion dollars worth of supplies. This provokes business activities of factories and enterprises throughout the country. Processing and handling of cotton after it leaves the farm requires even more business activity. Altogether, business revenue created by cotton is estimated at about 122.4 billion dollars - the greatest of any United States crop.
Cotton is a part of our daily lives from when we dry our face with a soft cotton towel in the morning until we slide into our soft cotton sheets at night. It has hundreds of uses, from blue jeans to shoe strings. Clothing and household items are the largest uses, but industrial products account for the use of thousands of bales of cotton.