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Southwest Ginners School 

A special course for gin owners, managers and gin office employees is being offered at each of the 2008 Ginner Schools: Southwest Ginners School, Lubbock, Texas – March 31-April 2; Western Ginners School, Las Cruces, N.M. – May 13-15; and Stoneville Ginners School, Stoneville, Miss. – June 17-19.

Registration information for the schools is available at http://ncga.cotton.org.

National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley says that the Level I, II and III curriculum will be offered along with a continuing education course.

Level I courses are: 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.

The Level II offerings include: 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; Management Tips; and Roller Ginning (at the Western School only).

Level III features: 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; Cottonseed Handling Systems; and Roller Ginning (at the Western School only).

In addition, a first aid class for ginners taking Levels I, II or III will be offered at the Southwest school only on Thursday morning, April 3, at the Civic Center, home of the TCGA Trade Show.

Cooperators include NCGA, USDA-ARS, NCGA member associations, NCC, Cotton Incorporated, gin machinery/equipment manufacturers/suppliers, Cooperative Extension and land grant universities.


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