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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 »

Robert Royal : SCGA’s President Wants Cotton Stability

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Royal is a farmer-ginner in Midnight, Miss., and is currently serving as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. In this in-depth interview with Cotton Farming magazine, he discusses a wide range of issues confronting the Mid-South ginning industry as well as the entire Cotton Belt. Can cotton achieve some kind of stability in the next few ... 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 »

Gin Safety Can’t Be Ignored

By Roger Isom Calif. Cotton Ginners Association While folks begin to tighten things up for the upcoming ginning season, pre-season training will begin, and as always, they will slap in the National Cotton Ginners Association’s Safety videos, including the one on lockout/tagout and say they have covered their “safety training requirements.” But is that really the case now? Is carefully ... Read More »

Gin Schools Renew Efforts To Prevent Contamination

The 2013 Cotton Ginner Schools offered a wealth of information – from maintenance to safety – to increase ginners’ proficiency and provide gin managers/owners updates on the latest ginning technology and industry issues. In addition, certified ginners were able to obtain continuing education credits. Attendance was again strong: Southwest School (123), the Western School (43) and the Stoneville School (85). ... Read More »

TCGA’s Mission? Persevere In 2013

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR The Texas cotton industry has always had a reputation for being at its best when confronted with difficult challenges. That will be the case again in 2013 as producers and ginners deal with drought conditions and competition from grain prices. After experiencing a record-breaking drought in 2011 followed by a similar situation in 2012, it’s obvious ... Read More »