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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 »

NCGA Comments In The Wake Of Ginner Schools’ Cancellations

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The National Cotton Ginners Association recently canceled all 2020 Ginner Schools due to the uncertainties regarding reopening dates for states and travel restrictions placed on instructors. NCGA Executive Director Harrison Ashley says, “After 33 continuous years of Ginner Schools, the decision to cancel the schools was difficult. Even if reopenings occur, the phase-in protocols will require limiting meeting sizes, and ... Read More »

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 »