This week’s Cotton Newsline is 2 cuts. Cuts are Bobby Sloan, cotton producer from Le Mesa (le may-sa), New Mexico and Matt Toste (Toast) Manager Huron Ginning Company, Huron, California.
Suggested introduction cut 1:
Federal budget proposals within the U.S. Department of Agriculture are aimed at closing a number of research facilities, including the Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory located near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Bobby Sloan a fourth generation cotton producer from Le Mesa says if they didn’t have the support of the ginning lab there probably wouldn’t be any cotton in the Las Cruces area.
Suggested introduction cut 2:
Landmark breakthroughs resulting from work conducted at the Ginning Lab include the development of modern rotary-knife roller gins, new lint cleaners for upland cotton and cutting edge research on reducing gin plant emissions. According to Matt Toste, Manager Huron Ginning Company, ginners in California also benefit from research conducted by the lab.
Because this lab partners with other research facilities to address processing issues its closing will not only affect the Southwest region but also ginners across the cotton belt.