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It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 101st Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show of the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association. The officers, executive committee, board of directors and staff hope you enjoy the show. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you while you are attending our event.
The theme for this year’s show is “Delivering Qualitiy To The World.”
This theme is meant to reflect upon the exceptional high quality of the crop in Texas this year, especially West Texas. However, this is not a one-year phenomenon, but rather is a trend that has been developing for several years now.
This can be attributed to numerous things, and there is no one single answer for the increase in quality. New varieties developed through breeding and transgenic research programs have probably the most to do with the advances in fiber quality. But, you cannot rule out boll weevil eradication, advancements in crop management tools along with improvements in harvest preparation of the crop.
Ginners are doing their part as well with advancements in equipment and machinery along with improvements in drying and moisture sensing controls within the ginning process. All these things working together have produced a distinct upward trend in the quality of Texas cotton.
Mills within the United States and around the world are coming to appreciate and demand this improved quality. While there are trade issues involved with our export mill customers, we feel when they do need U.S. cotton that we have the fiber qualities that meet global demands.
Today, we are facing many challenges as an industry. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Congress will have passed a new Farm Bill that has been signed by the President. Let’s just hope it is a bill that works well for our industry by allowing us to compete in a global market. Technology has long given us a competitive advantage, but many of our foreign competitors are rapidly advancing in the adoption of newer technology. This means we have to continue to make further advancements with technology to keep our cost of production low and our quality ahead of our foreign competitors.
This is a daunting challenge, but I have confidence in the quality of people in this industry to meet such a challenge.
As you wander around the exhibits, be searching for ideas on how you can make your gin more competitive through new technology. Exhibitors are here to provide you with products or services that will help you become more efficient by lowering your operating costs and improving your service.
The show also affords you the opportunity to meet and visit with other ginners in the industry and learn what they are doing in their ginning operations.
Welcome to Lubbock.