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NC State Department of Horticulture Science is working with 3-B Farms in Pinetown (Beaufort County) to find environmentally sound and economically profitable uses of the by-products of ginning cotton. The composted materials will be sold to conventional retail consumers as a soil nutrient/additive. The grant will be used to complete market research, package design, marketing, and compost analysis. NC State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will carry out these tasks. The project will create 10 new and several part-time jobs in the Pinetown and Terra Ceia communities.