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FDA Provides Update On FSMA Rules At NCC Annual Meeting

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Jennifer Erickson, regulatory counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, spoke to a gathering of cotton ginners at the National Cotton Council Annual Meeting in February. The presentation took place during the National Cotton Ginners’ Association Board of Directors and Annual Meeting. Erickson updated ginners on the current status of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as it relates to ... Read More »

Texan Ron Craft Is Named National Cotton Ginner Of The Year

Ron Craft, general manager of New-Tex Gin in Plains, Texas, is the 2019 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Smith has served in many U.S. cotton industry leadership capacities and provided years of dedicated service. The annual National Cotton Ginners Association’s award is presented to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ... Read More »

2019 Southeastern Ginner Of The Year Named At Annual Meeting

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Don Daily with Dexter Supply Co., also known as Modern Gin Co., was recently honored as the 2019 Southeastern Ginner of the Year at the Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association President Drake Perrow presented the award and shared these remarks about Daily. “The 2019 Ginner of the year literally grew up in this business ... Read More »

Don’t Forget About OSHA Reporting Rules

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The Texas cotton Ginners’ Association has received several calls this year with questions about two Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting rules. Here is a quick recap of how each rule works. First, there is the illness and injury reporting rule. Here are the basic situations you are required to report to OSHA: 1. Any fatality. Report within eight hours. ... Read More »

Make weekly safety meetings a priority at your gin

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When this article is published, ginning season should be in high gear across most of the country. There’s a lot going on to get into the swing of things. I always worry that safety slips through the cracks as everyone works out the kinks of performing as a crew and operating the gin as a machine. One of the easiest ... Read More »

The H-2A Program: What It Is And When To Use It

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The H-2A temporary agricultural program is for bringing in laborers from other countries to work in agriculture when there is no other source of employees in an area. Typically, this work is limited to “on a farm” or “by a farmer.” Cotton gins are one of only a few entities that can use the H-2A program outside of that narrow ... Read More »

CCGGA Honors Stan Creelman With Distinguished Service Award

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The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association honored Stan Creelman of Mid-Valley Cotton Growers earlier this summer, celebrating his retirement. He is widely recognized as a leader in the California ginning industry. Roger Isom, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association president/CEO, not only presented Creelman a plaque recognizing his dedicated years of service as a board member but also honored ... Read More »