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Ginning Safety Can’t Be Emphasized Enough

Why the big focus on safety? It's no secret that your associations are the smallest of small businesses, but the role of your associations has become a big part of what you know about ginning cotton. Cotton ginners associations started like most other associations – a way to organize and learn from each other. Read More »

Energy Issues Are Crucial For Ginning Industry

Electricity is one of the top three variable costs for a cotton gin, right next to bagging and ties, and labor. There are two main aspects to the electricity costs paid by a given cotton gin. The first is the energy price, and the second is the quantity of energy used by a cotton gin. Energy efficiency of cotton gins ... Read More »

Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Many Problems

It’s no surprise that gin equipment is expensive. And being operated three to four months per year means there are eight or more months to repair the gin. Most gins do a great job of tearing down machinery and working on or rebuilding those things that fail regularly or are close to failure. There is one piece of equipment that ... Read More »

OSHA Continues To Propose New Rules

OSHA has rewritten the Hazard Communication Standard, and all employers (including agricultural employers) were required to have their workers trained on this new standard by Dec. 1. This rulemaking is complete and being implemented. A second rulemaking that would directly affect agriculture was proposed earlier in the month. Under current rules, all workplaces with 10 or more employees are required ... Read More »

Ag Has A Good Story To Tell; Just Keep On Telling It

Rural America and agriculture have a great story to tell. In my experience, a good number of the problems we face in the regulatory environment are largely caused by regulators not understanding the true rural picture. When particulate regulations are being developed, researchers set up monitors in major cities and measure levels of particles. They compare the health impacts of ... Read More »

Ginners Must Stay Vigilant In Battle Against Contamination

CONTAMINATION…It’s an ugly word (you’ll hear it a lot in this article). I know it, you know it and the U.S. cotton industry has done a GREAT job over the years reducing contamination to the point that it is almost non-existent. That is a wonderful accomplishment, but it’s also an opportunity to become complacent. We cannot let that happen. Farmers ... Read More »

Large Crowd Turns Out For Southern Ginners Meeting

The Southern Cotton Ginners’ Association (SCGA) attracted a crowd of more than 200 to its summer meeting at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Miss., and a wide range of issues was discussed at the event. Several key speakers made presentations at the open session of the meeting – including Tim Price and Larry Davis (Southern Cotton Ginners), Brad Robb ... Read More »