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Industry News For January 2019

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Plan Now to Attend The Annual 2019 LATMC In February The Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association will be held Monday morning through Wednesday noon, Feb. 11-13, at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Jay Mahaffey will be featured in the pre-conference symposium on Monday morning, talking about good agronomics and decision-making in ... Read More »

OSHA Site-Specific Inspection Plan Now In Place

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new national site-specific inspection plan that became effective Oct. 16, 2018, and is effective for one year. Under this directive, OSHA will develop a list of employers for each OSHA regional office to inspect. The notice specifically states that the program does not include construction sites but is silent on whether ... Read More »

Can Social Media Help You In Business?

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One of the primary functions of associations is to connect people. Getting members of a group together to discuss, share, problem solve and network is an essential in any business. I dare say that businesses that don’t have that connection will eventually fail (not always, but often). That being said there are other ways to link people or solidify those ... Read More »

Ginners Investing In Industry’s Future

Today’s Texas cotton ginner has a forward-thinking approach to the future and isn’t deterred by low prices or fewer acres. That’s the opinion of Ross Rutherford, product general manager of Lummus Corporation, and a long-time observer of the Texas cotton ginning industry. In fact, Rutherford says a prime example of this philosophy is the way Texas ginners continue to invest in technology and timely upgrades. “A lot of this is being driven by consolidation within the ginning industry, but much of it is a reflection of our customers looking to the future,” he says. Low cotton prices are nothing new for producers and ginners, according to Rutherford. And, since crop options are limited in the country’s largest cotton production state (Texas), gin owners aren’t afraid of making investments in machinery. Some examples of new ginning equipment will be on display at the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association Trade Show on April 9-10 at the Lubbock Civic Center. Read More »

New Lummus Facility To Help Gin Customers

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR Being a ginner in the Texas Cotton High Plains has become significantly easier – if you are looking for quick repair on equipment or in need of a new part. That is the general consensus from ginners after the opening of the Lummus global parts facility in Lubbock last fall. The facility, located close to the ... Read More »

Small Gins Know How To Compete

By Tommy Horton Editor Sometimes we can learn more about farmers and ginners by spending an entire day with these folks and tracing their steps during a typical work day. In other words, unless we can understand the numerous decisions made by men and women of agriculture, we can never appreciate what they deal with on a daily basis. Such ... Read More »