This week’s Cotton Newsline is 4 cuts. All cuts are Harrison Ashley, Vice-President of Ginner Services for the National Cotton Council.
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Under the Bush Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2009 budget, the USDA Cotton Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock, Texas is slated for closure. According to Harrison Ashley, Vice-President of Ginner Services for the National Cotton Council, this lab is a 1.2 million dollar budget item in 2008 and is zeroed out for 2009.
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Ashley says the closing of the Lubbock Lab would undermine important cotton harvesting and processing research at a time when fiber quality, air quality and other issues are critically important to U.S. cotton industry competitiveness.
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According to Ashley, the Lubbock Lab has also conducted research on gin by-products.
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Ashley is asking producers and ginners to contact their congressional leaders and stress the importance of the USDA Cotton Ginning Laboratories.