Cotton Crisis in Tennessee?

FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) -- Growing cotton has rarely been a more risky proposition than it is now.

Farmers are plowing under cotton -- once the king of U.S. agriculture -- to seed crops that make more money.

Cotton also has lost ground for another reason---The country's cotton subsidy program is enmeshed in a global trade battle.

In Tennessee, cotton production is forecast at 620,000 bales, less than half of the record crop from a year ago and the lowest output since 1999.

Forecasted harvested acreage for 2007 is 495,000 acres, down 200,000 acres from 2006.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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