How to become a US Better Cotton grower

Whether as an individual farm, or part of a group, the steps for becoming a BCI farmer are similar.

STEP 1: OPT-IN

Simply tell BCI you are interested in becoming licensed, provide a short description of your farm, your cotton acreage, and production estimates for the season. Email: Scott.Exo@BetterCotton.org.

STEP 2: COMPLETE ONLINE SELF-ASSESSMENT

In July, we’ll email you a set of questions about your farm management. Based on the BCI Production Principles & Criteria, these questions relate to IPM,  labor, soil, habitat, worker safety, and water.  It takes about 20-40 minutes to complete.

STEP 3: HOST A VERIFICATION VISIT

Trained 2nd- and 3rd-party verifiers confirm a farm’s compliance with BCI’s minimum criteria, and performance on improvement criteria. 3rd-party verification costs vary with farm size, travel, and the number of farm audits in an area.

STEP 4: RECEIVE A BETTER COTTON LICENSE

If your farm meets the minimum requirements, you will receive a license to market Better Cotton. Farms enrolling individually receive a 1-, 3- or 5-year license per their improvement criteria scores. Group-member farms that meet the minimum requirements typically all receive a 3-year license.

STEP 5: SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS

Within 12 weeks of harvest, submit your final production figures to BCI, with total water, fertilizer and pesticide applications for the season’s cotton crop. Individual farm data is never shared, published or reported. BCI combines data at the country level only in our harvest reporting, available on our Reports page.

For more information:
Better Cotton Standard System
Better Cotton Production Principles and Criteria
Q&A About The Better Cotton Initiative