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Moisture — A Primary Key To Quality Cotton

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While this article may come out a bit late for some of the cotton harvest, I believe moisture is an important topic to review. It is one of those things we, as ginners, often have a love-hate relationship with. Moisture adds weight and weight is money. The problem is, too much moisture (particularly at harvest or in the bale) can ... Read More »

TCGA Summer Internships Benefit College Students And Potential Employees

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For 13 years, the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association has provided an opportunity for college students to experience the cotton ginning industry firsthand through its summer intern program. For 2020, two students — Amos Emanis, Texas A&M University, and Oscar Barajas, South Plains College — were chosen from a roster of well-qualified applicants. This year, the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Trust also ... Read More »

COVID-19 Update — Gearing Up For The Ginning Season

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As ginning season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, take a close look at your operation to mitigate the risk to your workers and business as much as possible. Be sure to develop a COVID-19 policy and have a good training program in place before you begin hiring for the season. One of the most frustrating parts about trying to ... Read More »

New Nighttime Lighting Requirements Go Into Effect For California

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The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, released a new regulation in California specifying lighting requirements for operation of agricultural equipment at night and agricultural employees who are working at night. The regulation went into effect July 1. Although these new requirements aren’t as intrusive as originally proposed, thanks to the involvement of the California Cotton ... Read More »

Ginning In The Age Of COVID-19

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As I write this, the coronavirus numbers are just as confusing as they were when this whole thing started. No one knows exactly what is going on and how this odd disease seems to work and/or affect individuals. What we do know is that few people have any natural or acquired immunity. We also know it can affect different people ... Read More »

2020 Bale Packaging Specifications Approved

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William Beam, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy administrator for farm programs, notified the National Cotton Council that the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee 2020 specification recommendations for cotton bale packaging materials are approved for Commodity Credit Corp. loan program purposes. The 2020 specifications are identical to the specifications for the previous year’s crop except for the following revisions: • ... Read More »

Academic Investment Helps Develop Future Leaders

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Assisting students interested in pursuing agriculture is critical to the long-term viability of the industry. They are enthusiastic about learning new skills and eager to share their vision about what needs to be accomplished in the future. Providing these young adults an opportunity to grow and succeed is one of the first steps in developing future leaders in agriculture. For ... Read More »