Gin managers, superintendents and other key gin employees are urged to register for one of the three 2015 Ginner Schools. The year’s first school – the Southwest Ginners School – will be held at the South Plains Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock, TX on April 6-8.
Registration and course descriptions for this meeting – as well as for the Western Ginning School in Mesilla Park, NM on May 5-7, and the Stoneville Ginners School at the USDA Ginning Laboratory in Stoneville, MS on June 9-11 – are now available.
Registration deadline for the Lubbock session is March 25. Registration closes for the Mesilla Park school on April 29, and for Stoneville on May 27.
Programming for the three schools is coordinated by the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA), working in conjunction with Tommy Valco, USDA cotton technology transfer coordinator, and the three USDA ginning laboratories. Each school will offer the Levels I, II and III of course instruction, as well as the continuing education courses.
NCGA Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley said this year’s programming will again feature practical information on all aspects of ginning. He said the schools’ overall emphasis will be placed on increasing ginning efficiency, turning out high quality fiber and improving safety.
The Ginner Schools’ continuing education courses will feature presentations covering new technology and current research efforts, developing an effective worker safety program and equipment upgrade strategy, controlling gin emissions, and identifying capacity robbers.
Ginner School cooperators include the USDA Agricultural Research Service, NCGA and its member associations, the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, gin machinery/equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and select land grant universities.
Source – National Cotton Ginners Association