According to an announcement by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Harrison Ashley is the recipient of the 2022 Mayfield Cotton Engineering award for his superior service to the cotton industry and for his leadership in cotton ginning advocacy and education.
Ashley is vice president of ginner services at the National Cotton Council and executive vice president of the National Cotton Ginners’ Association. In these roles, he serves and coordinates the NCGA, board of directors and annual membership meeting. He develops and oversees budgets for the NCC Ginners Services department, NCGA and the Peary Wilemon-NCGA Scholarship Foundation.
A Recognized Driver Of Research
Ashley is a liaison between the NCC, NCGA and other ginner associations and coordinates the U.S. cotton industry response to the federal legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting the ginning sector. He has used his ability to identify and prioritize research topics and technology transfer that have resulted in significant improvements to the overall cotton industry.
Ashley has played a key role in maintaining coordination between the cotton research community, the cotton gin machinery industry and the ginning industry. He has driven research in several cotton harvest and processing areas, among them combustible dust, bale contamination, air pollution and work safety.
Ashley also played a key role in maintaining funding for the three USDA-Agricultural Research Service ginning laboratories as well as for robust ginning-related research. He also has been the national lead advocate for the cotton ginning industry before the federal government.
An Advocate For Ginning Industry Education
Throughout his career, Ashley has supported improvements to the cotton industry and encouraged education of new and experienced ginners. He supports the three Ginner Schools taught in three locations across the Cotton Belt. This is a key part of the Certified Ginner Program, which provides industry plant personnel with educational certification.
A 16-year member of ASABE, Ashley is a long-standing member of the Machinery Systems Cotton Engineering committee and has been a contributor to several ASABE Standards related to the U.S. cotton industry. He also maintains membership with the American Chemical Society and the National Council of Agricultural Employers.
Ashley has authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed journal articles, many conference proceedings papers and popular press articles. He coauthors the tri-annual The Cost of Ginning Cotton surveys and has made hundreds of presentations to cotton industry professionals and researchers.
TCGA Interns Provide Late Summer Reports
Josh Handley: “For the second half of my TCGA internship, I have been working with United Ag Co-op in El Campo at their cotton gin in Danevang, Texas. I was welcomed by the manager, Jimmy Roppolo, and gin superintendent, Clay Whitley.
“I arrived just under a month before gin season, which means there is a bunch of little fixes and last-minute equipment installments happening. My first task was assisting in aligning the fan motors and installing their new belts. Next, I gained a substantial amount of electrical knowledge working with Mark Gentry on the computer program used to run the gin. I installed several sensors, solenoids and limit switches, along with terminating dozens of wires in the control room.
“I am very glad to be here working with these wonderful people at United Ag andexcited to see this gin running. I am also very thankful for this TCGA internship. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the cotton industry over the summer and cannot wait to see where it leads me in the future.”
Julia New: “As this summer comes to an end for me, I can’t help but think of how fast it has gone! Being a TCGA intern has been nothing short of a blast and exceeded all expectations. The second half of my summer started with the summer meeting in Horseshoe Bay where I had the pleasure of meeting most of you. It was such a great experience getting to hear about what everyone does and contributes to the cotton industry. I can confidently say that I have never met more down to earth, family oriented people in a professional setting before.
“After the summer meeting, I got right to work updating the TCGA website. I enjoyed getting to sharpen up the pages and make the website more visually interesting for those who do not know what the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association is. Aside from that, I helped update the Red Book. I also spent time visiting other aspects of the TCGA, like seeing those working at the trust and attending the Waco safety seminar.
“I would like to thank Aaron Nelsen, Kelley Green, Duncan McCook and everyone else who allowed me to be here and see my potential and let me contribute to an association that has given me a greater understanding of the importance of the cotton industry. I had a great time with the staff in Round Rock and am so thankful for this opportunity.”