Originally established in 1937 with its charter of incorporation in Mississippi, National Cotton Ginners' Association is the umbrella organization for eight state and regional ginner associations. National Cotton Ginners' Association also represents approximately 680 individual cotton ginning operations in 17 cotton producing states
HazCom and GHS
NCGA National Ambient Air Quality Comments (NAAQS)
Benefits of Longer Gin Runs and Module Averaging as Recommended by the Vision 21 Cotton Flow Study
The National Cotton Ginners' Executive Committee would like to remind ginners and cotton producers that financial and logistical advantages may exist in making longer gin runs of customer's cotton and in module averaging of cotton bales. USDA-AMS Module Averaging Presentation
Safety Videos and Publications
Press Release Cotton Farming magazine is honored to partner with the National Cotton Ginners Association to provide the ginning industry an outlet to advertise in upcoming issues of Cotton Farming magazine
Bale Weight Management
In 2003, the National Cotton Council, the Memphis Cotton Exchange and the National Cotton Ginners' Association, as well as state and regional ginner associations in the Mid-South and the Southeast, created a "Bale Weight Management" brochure. Because light and heavy weight bales still are a concern, though, the informational brochure was updated and can be viewed by clicking the link above.
Preparing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Inspection
A GINNER’S PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COMPLIANCE WITH THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) AND THE MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION ACT (MSPA)
This guide was originally prepared by the Lubbock, TX Office of the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division for the Texas Cotton Ginners Association, Inc., and the National Cotton Ginners Association and revised and updated on October, 2008 by Ann Margaret Pointer, with the law firm of Fisher & Phillips, LLC, Atlanta, GA. We are indebted to Mrs. Pointer for her work in updating this guide.
This guide should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific fact or circumstances. Additionally, it does not fully address every issue under the laws discussed because it serves only as a summary of requirements. Users are urged to consult a Wage and Hour Division expert or competent legal counsel concerning particular situations and legal questions. Ginners are also alerted that many states have additional wage, housing and other requirements besides those under the federal laws and regulations discussed.
Ginning Scholarship Funding Drive Underway
State/regional gin association members' help is needed in raising additional support for the Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners' Scholarship Foundation, including publicizing the funding drive. Jack Deloney graciously made available signed “Down at the Ginyard” prints for those individuals who contribute a minimum of $500 to the Foundation.
2011 Approved Bale Packaging and Experimental Test Programs
Ginners are advised to take steps to ensure they are using only materials that meet JCIBPC and USDA CCC packaging specifications. However, variances from the specifications are granted by USDA CCC for packaging materials in JCIBPC experimental or compatibility test programs.
Link Between Cotton Lint Quality and Module Cover Stressed
Cotton that is not well protected from the elements loses quality and value as it waits to be ginned. The profit from a year’s work and investment could be disappearing in poorly built modules under worn tarps. The dramatic effects on fiber quality and the resulting loss of value to the producer due to poorly shaped and deteriorated module covers are clearly shown in the publication: What is the real cost of a cotton module tarp?
Bale Press Maintenance and Bale Shape Uniformity (1.8 MB pdf)
Misshapened bales present a problem for not only gins and warehouses but also textile mills and the transportation industry. The most obvious problems include increased per bale handling charges. It is important for ginners to understand the significant safety hazards at the gin and warehouses associated with misshapened bales. The following power point presentation, created by Joe Thomas and Duncan McCook with Lummus Corporation, was created to assist ginners as they seek solutions to address the issue of misshapen bales. This presentation was given by Mr. McCook at the 2008 Ginners Conference in Nashville.