Aaron Nelsen serves as Special Projects
and Communications Manager. Aaron
oversees and manages the contract with
TCP and the TSSC. He organizes statewide
safety seminars each year and
updates members on various environmental,
safety and regulatory issues. Nelsen
also is responsible for the Association’s
monthly newsletter, manages the Web
site and is in charge of updating the
Redbook member directory.
Heading the TCGA office in Austin is
Tony Williams, Executive Vice President.
Tony manages the Association’s activities,
is responsible for its financial operations
and works with the legislature and governmental
agencies to provide a ginner’s
point of view when it comes to legislation
and regulations. He also serves as the
organization’s representative at many
other state and national industry meetings
during the year.
J. Kelley Green serves as the Director of
Technical Services. Kelley assists ginners
in complying with regulations and works
with the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality on permits and regulations
relating to gins. He also serves as
TCGA’s expert in rate cases before the
Public Utility Commission and manages
the Association’s electric aggregation program,
which contracts for the purchase of
electricity in the de-regulated market.
Southwest Cotton Ginners School
Over the past few years, the Continuing Education
courses offered at the USDA,ARS gin labs have
focused on widening their audience to include topics
that will benefit not only Certified Ginners, but also gin managers
Southwest Cotton Ginners School
• Ag Texas Farm Credit
• All-Tex Seed
• March 28-30, 2011.
• South Plains Ginning Lab in Lubbock.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
• For more information, contact NCGA
at (901) 274-9030
or go to
Many topics are broad in scope, and it is important that
both the hands-on ginners and the management are abreast of
the latest technology and issues facing the industry.
The dates and locations of 2011 gin schools are as follows:
SW Ginners School, Lubbock, Texas – March 28-30.
Western Ginners School, Las Cruces, N.M. – May 10-12.
Stoneville Ginners School, Stoneville, Miss. – June 14-16.
Registration information for the schools is available at
http:// ncga. cotton. org. National Cotton Ginners’ Association
(NCGA) Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley says that
the Level I, II and III curriculums will be offered along with a
Continuing Education course. (Only Levels II and III are
offered in the Western Ginners School.)
Level I courses are: Introduction to Cotton Ginning and the
Industry; Maintenance of Auxiliary Gin Components; Basic
Hydraulics; Basic Gin Safety; Maintenance and Adjustments
for Seed Cotton Cleaners, Gin Stands and Lint Cleaners; Air
Utilization and Drying; and Electricity in the Gin.
The Level II offerings include: Purpose and Operating
Principles of Individual Gin Machines; Efficient Operation,
Adjustment and Maintenance of Gin Equipment; Pneumatics
and Waste Collection; Electrical Systems; Hydraulic Systems;
Gin Safety; Management Tips; and Roller Ginning (at the
Western School only).
Level III features: Review of Functions of a Ginning System;
Electrical Systems; Air Systems in the Gin; Drying and
Moisture Restoration Systems; Matching Machinery Capacities
in the System; Seed Cotton Unloading Systems and
Management of Seed Cotton Handling Systems; Bale Presses
and Hydraulic Systems; Safety Programs and Labor
Regulations; Cottonseed Handling Systems; and Roller
Ginning (at the Western School only).