Cotton is the fabric of our lives, and voters can help support Alabama’s cotton farmers July 15 by voting yes on Amendment 1. Supporting the amendment would strengthen the state’s cotton industry by allowing farmers who grow the crop to enhance their current cotton checkoff program.

Farmers fund the checkoff through a self-imposed fee they paid when selling cotton at a gin. The money funds important research, educational and promotional activities to help cotton farmers improve.

For more than 30 years, the cotton checkoff program has helped Alabama farmers stay in business. According to a recent Auburn University report, the cotton industry employs nearly 2,800 people and has a $290.1 million economic impact in Alabama.

As a cotton farmer, I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact the cotton checkoff has had for me and other farmers in our state. With this amendment, farmers would be able to support additional research projects and educational opportunities to better our family businesses.

On July 15, remember to “Choose Cotton” and vote in favor of Amendment 1. You can find out more about the cotton checkoff program online at

Jimmy Miller