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• Cotton is used more than any fiber, natural or manmade, in the world. It is a daily part of our lives and is still today one of the leading cash crops for farmers in the United States. Every part of a cotton plant is useful. • The most important part of the cotton plant is the fiber, or lint, which is used to make cloth. The fiber has to be separated from the seeds, which are quite sticky. This is why the cotton gin was so important. When the fiber and seeds had to be separated by hand, it took many laborious hours. • “Linters,” the short fuzz remaining on the seeds FILLER PAGE 2 lint, provide cellulose for after separation of the 1Q08 making explosives, plastics and other products. WEEK They are also 1incorporated into high quality paper and5 processed into batting for DECproducts 30 - JAN the padding used in mattresses and cushions for furniture and automobile seats.

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month and to kick it off Families Helping Families of Iowa is asking you to join us in a 1.5 mile walk to • The cottonseeds are a valuable byproduct support local children in foster care. We are a as well. They are crushed and separated into non-profit group designed to help and support three products: oil, hulls and meal. Cottonseed these children in our community. oil is used for salad dressing, cooking oil and Registration is 7:15 – 7:45 and the walk begins by Kara Kovalchik & Sandy Wood shortening. Cottonseed oil has no cholesterol, at 8:00. We will also have snacks, children’s 1. Who portrayed theortruancy officermaking in theitOlsen little no trans-fats, a good option activities, and raffle items! Walk fees are twins’ debut, New York Minute ? $20.00 for adults and include a t-shirt (age 10 big screen for healthy cooking. and under are free). Please go to our website • Theofmeal hulls are had useda solo for livestock, 2. Which member rock and group KISS hit to register or call 319-294-9706.

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COTTON (continued): • For years, the “Cotton Row” district of Memphis, Tennessee, was the center of the worldwide cotton trade market. The Cotton Museum at the Cotton Exchange opened in 2006 in the building that was once the place where cotton was inspected, bought and sold, than shipped around the world. The museum has artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of cotton, its history and its impact on the region and the world. • Another museum dedicated to cotton is The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of America’s cotton industry. The museum includes the oldest house in Greenville and an actual cotton patch. • The states where cotton grows are sometimes referred to as the “Cotton Belt.” These states are all across the southern edge of the United States. They are Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The climate and soil conditions of these areas provide a great cottongrowing environment. • Are you curious as to what can be made from one bale of cotton? How about 4,321 socks, 3,085 diapers (yes, the old fashioned cotton kind!), 1,256 pillowcases, 690 bath towels, 409 skirts or 250 pairs of pants!

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January 20– February 18 The fundraising for a major purchase is complete, and you are put in charge, Aquarius. Everyone is counting on you to be a savvy shopper, and you do not disappoint.

February 19– March 20 Whispers around the office motivate you to tie up loose ends and clear off your desk. Something is definitely in the works, and you will be involved, Pisces.

June 22– July 22 You’re not one for grandiose ideas, but this is one idea you need to pay attention to, Cancer. It will work with the right people behind it.

July 23– August 22 You spend the week putting out fires at home. Honesty is key. A lawn and garden project gets off to a great start. You may have a green thumb after all, Leo.

August 23– September 22 Things have gotten away from you lately. Time to sit down, make a to-do list and tackle it. A gift arrives. Be careful, Virgo. There are strings attached.

• A campaign by National Geographic Kids Magazine in 2009 asked readers to donate their old jeans with the goal being to set a Guinness World Record™ for the “most items of clothing collected for recycling.” The record was announced in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2009, with 33,088 pieces of denim donated. These jeans were given to the “Cotton From Blue to Green.®” campaign for more housing insulation projects. What a terrific way to help people, recycle and keep blue jeans out of our landfills!

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