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Large Turnout Expected For Stoneville Gin School

If attendance at the Southwest and Western Gin Schools is any indicator, another big crowd will be on hand for the Mid-South Gin School, June 17-19, at Stoneville, Miss.

Harrison Ashley, executive vice president of the National Cotton Ginners Association and coordinator of the Gin Schools, says interest is high among ginners for several reasons. One, the topics at the schools are relevant, and, two, there is an incentive to take advantage of Continuing Education (CE) credit for attending the sessions.

“We’ve been very pleased at the response we had at the schools in Las Cruces, N.M., and Lubbock, Texas,” says Ashley.

“I think our ginners are interested in learning more about all of the new ginning technology. They also want to gain a better understanding of how to deal with these new modules when they come to the gin.”

Busy Curriculum Scheduled

The CE coursework includes in-depth discussion of advances in harvesting equipment and ginning of modules produced by on-board moduling systems. Other topics of interest include: PLC controllers and electrical components, safety training and updates on waste and gin by-products.

All of the topics for the schools were chosen by ginners on the NCGA’s Technology Committee and the ginning laboratories.

In addition to the CE course work, the schools will provide the following three-day courses:

Level 1: Introduction to Cotton Ginning and the Industry; Maintenance of Auxiliary Gin Components; Basic Hydraulics; Basic Gin Safety; Maintenance and Adjustments for Seed Cotton Cleaners, Gin Stands and Lint Cleaners; Air Utilization and Drying; and Electricity in the Gin.

Level 2: Purpose and Operating Principles of Individual Gin Machines; Efficient Operation, Adjustment and Maintenance of Gin Equipment; Pneumatics and Waste Collection; Electrical Systems; Hydraulic Systems; Gin Safety; and Management Tips.

Level 3: Review of Functions of a Ginning System; Electrical Systems; Air Systems in the Gin; Drying and Moisture Restoration Systems; Matching Machinery Capacities in the System; Seed Cotton Unloading Systems and Management of Seed Cotton Handling Systems; Bale Presses and Hydraulic Systems; Safety Programs and Labor Regulations; and Cottonseed Handling.

School cooperators include the National Cotton Council, NCGA and its member associations, USDA-ARS, USDA Extension Service, Cotton Incorporated, gin machinery and equipment suppliers, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and select land grant universities.

Registration information can be found at http://ncga.cotton.org. For additional information, call Betty Thorne or Harrison Ashley at (901) 274-9030.

National Cotton Ginners Association contributed information for this article.

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