U.S. certified ginners, gin managers and superintendents are urged to register for one of the 2019 Ginner Schools.
School locations and dates are:
- Southwest Ginners School at the South Plains Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock, TX, on April 1-3
- Western Ginners School at the Southwest Ginning Research Laboratory in Mesilla Park, NM, on May 7-9
- Stoneville Ginners School at the USDA Ginning Laboratory in Stoneville, MS, on June 4-6.
Registration information and course descriptions can be found online, and credit cards can be used to pay for registration. The schools will continue to offer the Levels I, II and III of course instruction, as well as continuing education courses.
The three schools’ programming is coordinated by the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA), working in conjunction with USDA’s Greg Holt and the three USDA ginning laboratories.
NCGA Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley said programming for Levels I, II and III will feature practical information on all aspects of ginning. Topics to be covered include seed cotton drying/cleaning through the ginning process and gin waste disposal methods. He said the schools’ overall emphasis will be on increasing ginning efficiency, turning out high quality fiber and – as always – a focus on improving safety.
The Ginner Schools’ Continuing Education Courses will cover topics such as increasing capacities, gin efficiencies, drying and pre-cleaning, gin monitoring/automation, electrical and electrical safety, and plastic contamination/detection.
School cooperators include USDA’s 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.
Based on information provided by the National Cotton Council and NCGA