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May 5 webinar follows up on cotton industry plastics contamination

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Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers, affecting every segment of the cotton industry. To help educate cotton producers, ginners and others involved in the cotton industry on this topic, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer the free follow-up Plastics in Cotton Seminar II webinar May 5. The webinar, which will be from 8:30 ... Read More »

Industry News For April 2021

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Southern Cotton Ginners Honors AR Cotton Breeder Dr. Fred Bourland, cotton breeder and researcher at the Northeast Research and Extension Center at Keiser, Arkansas, recently received the A.L. Vandergriff Cotton Pioneer Award from the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. He is a professor of cotton breeding and genetics for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the University of ... Read More »

Seed Coat Fragments Challenged Gins In 2020

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Seed coat fragments have been a long-term issue for cotton. Fragment outbreaks occur sporadically every three to five years in some region of the United States. Last year, the region included Alabama, Georgia and Florida, with the biggest outbreak of seed fragment calls in the past 20 years. And it was no coincidence this is also one of the worst ... Read More »

Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson

GINNER OF THE YEAR • By Carroll Smith, Editor • ‘‘I am a second-generation ginner who grew up in a gin office and literally took my first steps there,” says Dan Jackson, manager for Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin in Meadow, Texas. “My dad, Max Jackson, ran a small gin east of Lubbock — McClung Co-op — and my mom, Mary ... Read More »

Arkansas ginning goes into extra innings

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For the second straight year, Arkansas’ “ginning season” may go into extra innings. Despite the wet weather delays, growers had good reason to be optimistic about their 2019 crop, said Bill Robertson, Extension cotton agronomist, and Scott Stiles, Extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The optimism is palpable, taking the form of a bale backlog ... Read More »

Don’t Forget About OSHA Reporting Rules

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The Texas cotton Ginners’ Association has received several calls this year with questions about two Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting rules. Here is a quick recap of how each rule works. First, there is the illness and injury reporting rule. Here are the basic situations you are required to report to OSHA: 1. Any fatality. Report within eight hours. ... Read More »

The H-2A Program: What It Is And When To Use It

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The H-2A temporary agricultural program is for bringing in laborers from other countries to work in agriculture when there is no other source of employees in an area. Typically, this work is limited to “on a farm” or “by a farmer.” Cotton gins are one of only a few entities that can use the H-2A program outside of that narrow ... Read More »