Gin Equipment

National Cotton Ginners' Association

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 556 individual cotton ginning operations in 17 cotton producing states.

2019 Gin School Registration is now open!

USDA-AMS Upland Leaf Grade Guide Book for reference only and not an official standard. 

Attention Required Memo - Mismatched PBI Tags and AMS Sample Coupons

RFID Technology Presentations Available

2017 Stoneville Gin School attendees discussed how to use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for module tracking and data management – with several ginners sharing how their operations are applying this technology.

During the school, presentations regarding current and future applications for this technology were presented by USDA’s Agriculture Research Service, Cotton Incorporated, EWR, and John Deere. These presentations, recorded through Cotton Incorporated’s Plant Management Network’s ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource, now can be accessed at

New TAMA Round Module Wrap Removal Recommendations English and Spanish

Agricultural Exemption Documents for Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Ag Factsheet

NCC's FMCSA Factsheet

2016 Cost of Ginning Paper

2016 Cost of Ginning Slides

Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials

CCC 809 and Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials

Overtime Fact Sheet for Administrative and White Collar

Securing Round Modules on Flatbed Trailers Recommendations

Securing Round Modules on Flatbed Trailers Spanish Version Recommendations

Contamination Educational Materials

Volume VI of the National Cotton Ginners' Association Safety Series addresses round module system safety. The 17-minute video includes chapters on round module handling, wrap removal and contamination prevention training in addition to safety.

“What Every Employer Should Know About E-Verify and I-9
Compliance” presented by Fisher & Phillips LLP attorneys
Jessica Cook and Ann Margaret Pointer.  


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

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. 

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.

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