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In 1982, over five thousand cotton gins were in operation in the U.S. Each produced around twenty-five-hundred bales. Today we have roughly 800 gins and they are producing over twenty-five thousand bales per gin. Dr. Tommy Valco, cotton technology transfer and education coordinator for USDA-ARS, says improvements in ginning technology is responsible for the dramatic decrease in the number of gins and the increase in productivity.
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Looking to the future, Valco says there are four major things ginners need to do to remain competitive.
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Valco says USDA has created an information website to help ginners stay competitive.