One of the positive aspects about being a part of the cotton industry is when an unexpected opportunity occurs – all because of a longstanding relationship with an industry sector. That is precisely what has happened this spring. Anyone who knows the history of Cotton Farming magazine realizes that our publication has had a long and productive connection with the ginning sector.
For nearly 20 years, this magazine has co-sponsored the Texas Cotton Ginners Association’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show. We have taken great pride in being able to publicize this important industry event conducted annually in Lubbock. More importantly, we enjoy contributing funds to support the TCGA scholarship fund, which helps Texas Tech University students pursuing a career in agriculture.
This is truly one of the ways our magazine invests in the future of agriculture and cotton, specifically.
On page 7 of this month’s issue, you can learn details on how our magazine will now become the official publication for the ginning and oilseed sectors. We have proudly accepted the opportunity extended to us by the National Cotton Ginners Association. Cotton Farming will officially become the main resource for ginners and suppliers who want to place classified ads for equipment and help wanted postings in a centralized site.
We’ll have a special section called “Cotton Ginners Marketplace” on our Web site at www.cottonfarming.com. And within a short period of time, this same section will be published regularly in the printed version of the magazine. Besides those specific ads, we’ll generate ginning stories as well as updates on Gin Schools and meetings in the printed version.
We undertake this responsibility realizing the proud tradition initially started by Cotton Gin & Oil Mill Press many years ago under the leadership of its late editor, Don Swanson. Through the years, I had the privilege to meet Don many times at industry meetings, dating back to 1985 during my tenure at the National Cotton Council. Even though Cotton Gin & Oil Mill Press ceased publishing in 2009 shortly after Don’s death, we intend to continue what his magazine started many years ago.
Ginners are a special part of our industry. Consolidation has shrunk their numbers, and they fight their own regulatory battles each year. But they continue to embrace new technology and reliably process cotton with a keen eye on preserving fiber quality.
We’re glad to be their official partner and look forward to many years of working together in a mutually beneficial relationship.
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