A Convenient Pursuit
Industry refining focused on the production of cottonseed oil — in a big way — 100 years ago. The cotton-seed extraction process that came along in the mid-19th century was a tremendous facilitator, to be sure. A plethora of information on the matter is available in our magazine’s store of back issues – including ads concerning fertilizer machinery for cotton oil mills, for one thing. As reported in a December 28, 1907 weekly review, “a late bulge in prices” contributed to “considerable” quantities of crude oil contracts taking that much out of the steady production.