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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 »

BWCC In San Antonio Offers Research, Technology Updates

The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio will once again feature updates on research and technology at the annual Ginning Conference. Some technologies are becoming more and more economical and can easily be integrated into the gin operation. One of the most advanced technologies is the automated bale bagging system. There are several automatic bagging systems available or soon ... Read More »

Ginning Leader Valco Wins Award

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently presented awards to nine members of notable career achievements, including ginning leader Thomas D. Valco of USDA-ARS located in Stoneville, Miss. Valco was awarded the 2012 Mayfield Cotton Engineering Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership to the cotton industry through research, education, Extension and technology transfer. For more ... Read More »

Quality Is Key In Cotton Textile Value Chain

By Christian Schindler Director-General ITMF Proactive Attitude The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 1904, is an international advocate for the world’s textile and allied industries, and is dedicated to providing its membership with a neutral platform for the exchange of information and experiences. In this function, it also acts as a spokesman for ... Read More »