As with most of TCGA’s incoming presidents, Danny Moses has watched and observed for the past two years and believes that he is ready to assume a leadership role for the organization. He also knows that the TCGA staff will be there to help whenever he has a question about any issue.
The veteran ginner’s career has taken some interesting turns, but the commitment to the industry has never been stronger. His father (Doug) raised Danny around gins, so it’s been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Initially, he worked in the oil fields and thought this is the career he wanted, but being away for six-month stretches didn’t appeal to him. Then, he logged some time working for Continental Eagle. One part of his education occurred during the summers when he was a young teenager. His father was adept at building gins all over the world and repairing gin equipment for export. Danny assisted him during those early years.
By the time he joined the Moses Gin in Wharton, he was ready to be a serious partner in the operation. His wife Shannon works in the office, but his son Colton and daughter Caitlan (twins) are pursuing different careers. Caitlan is studying to be a nurse, while Colton is majoring in maritime administration at Texas A&M University.
So, how does Danny feel about his big moment when he’ll become the new TCGA president?
“It is an honor to know that an old country boy can rub elbows with some really smart fellows,” he says with a laugh. “I am looking forward to it, and I’ve learned a lot by working with Dan (Jackson) for the last couple of years. I also feel comfortable knowing that our TCGA staff will be there to help me out on anything that confronts the organization.”
If Danny’s TCGA presidency goes as well as last year did at the Moses Gin, nobody will have any complaints. As an example of how volatile weather can be in Texas, the Moses Gin handled 30,000 bales in 2012, which is more than twice what it normally processes. And how did this happen? Incredibly, the area around Wharton had perfect weather for cotton production. While many parts of Texas were suffering through drought conditions, this region southwest of Houston received timely rains.
“We saw plenty of two and three-bale cotton last year,” says Danny. “It was just a wonderful year, and I wish we could have sent some rain to other parts of Texas.”
Even though the Moses Gin is a small operation, he realizes that there are major issues affecting all gins in the state – most notably labor, electrical costs and technology. These issues can be daunting at times, but the new TCGA president believes that there are reasons to be optimistic.
“I am more positive than other folks might be,” he says. “I think we have the leaders in this industry to overcome these setbacks that we might encounter. We are going to move forward and do what it takes to survive. That’s my attitude.”
Moses will be the first to tell you that it’s better for a ginner when he is surrounded by good farmers. That is what happened in 2012, and he is hoping for more of the same in 2013. One thing is for sure. The new TCGA president will be surrounded by an experienced staff, and that will definitely make his job more rewarding.
• Resident of Wharton, Texas.
• Owner of Moses Gin Inc.
• Family-owned gin.
• Danny’s father, grandfather and uncles have had experience working in gins.
• Ginned 30,000 bales in 2012.
• Wife Shannon works in office.
• Daughter Caitlan and son Colton(twins).
• Caitlan studying to be a nurse.
• Colton studying maritime
administration at Texas A&M.