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COVID-19 Update — Gearing Up For The Ginning Season

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As ginning season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, take a close look at your operation to mitigate the risk to your workers and business as much as possible. Be sure to develop a COVID-19 policy and have a good training program in place before you begin hiring for the season. One of the most frustrating parts about trying to ... Read More »

New Nighttime Lighting Requirements Go Into Effect For California

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The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, released a new regulation in California specifying lighting requirements for operation of agricultural equipment at night and agricultural employees who are working at night. The regulation went into effect July 1. Although these new requirements aren’t as intrusive as originally proposed, thanks to the involvement of the California Cotton ... Read More »

Pride Of The Bootheel

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Missouri Cotton Farmer Wins $25,000 ‘Transform My Community’ Grand Prize For The Hayti Fire Department • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Aug. 12, 2009, started out like any other late summer day for Pam and David Dowdy, who farmed in the Missouri Bootheel with their son, Matt. They were unloading grain bins and hauling corn to the river, so David ... Read More »

Labor Continues To Be An Issue

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It’s all over the news about how good the job market is. In many places, there are “help wanted” signs everywhere. Labor is tight. In some areas, labor is tighter than others. It’s no great shock that the ginning industry relies on a largely migrant workforce. With a tight labor market, able-bodied people who want to work can find work ... Read More »