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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 »

New Truck And Tractor Rules Put Burden On California

If you all are wondering what the implications of this current Federal administration might be, California could give you an idea of just how bad things are. It was only a year ago that cotton gins in California finished replacing or retrofitting their propane forklifts to reduce air pollution. Now, the next air quality regulation is kicking in to full ... Read More »

TCGA Members Optimistic Amid Drought Conditions

Even as they deal with a drought for the third straight year, Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association members remain hopeful that timely rains will occur this summer, allowing cotton to be harvested and ginned in a timely manner. That was the mood of TCGA members attending the organization’s summer meeting on June 22-27 while enjoying a trip on a Carnival Cruise ... Read More »