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Texan Ron Craft Is Named National Cotton Ginner Of The Year

Ron Craft, general manager of New-Tex Gin in Plains, Texas, is the 2019 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Smith has served in many U.S. cotton industry leadership capacities and provided years of dedicated service. The annual National Cotton Ginners Association’s award is presented to a ginner in recognition of: 1) able, efficient and faithful service to the ... Read More »

2019 Southeastern Ginner Of The Year Named At Annual Meeting

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Don Daily with Dexter Supply Co., also known as Modern Gin Co., was recently honored as the 2019 Southeastern Ginner of the Year at the Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association President Drake Perrow presented the award and shared these remarks about Daily. “The 2019 Ginner of the year literally grew up in this business ... Read More »

Assessing The 2019 Cotton Season

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As I write this mid-November, harvest has not been progressing as expected in West Texas and the Rolling Plains, primarily due to unfavorable weather conditions. In the Rolling Plains of Texas, Dr. Emi Kimura reports from Vernon that their first freeze this year happened two weeks earlier than what would normally be expected. She does believe this has reduced the ... 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 »

Make weekly safety meetings a priority at your gin

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When this article is published, ginning season should be in high gear across most of the country. There’s a lot going on to get into the swing of things. I always worry that safety slips through the cracks as everyone works out the kinks of performing as a crew and operating the gin as a machine. One of the easiest ... Read More »

Clean And On Time

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Unencumbered flow of uncontaminated cotton into the marketplace continues to be a National Cotton Council priority. What about contamination prevention? ■ The NCC strongly urges producers and gin managers to have their entire harvest and ginning crews watch the updated NCC-produced “Prevention of Plastic Contamination” video. The National Cotton Ginners Association conveyed this message at its three Gin Schools this year. ... Read More »

Review Your Air Permit To Prepare For Plant Expansion

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The season that never seemed to end has finally ended, and many folks in the South and Southeast can put the 2018 crop behind them. Gins are just beginning to plan expansions and changes for the 2019 crop year and beyond. Don’t forget that these changes may affect your air quality permit. Most gins in the United States have some ... Read More »