Ginners wishing to attend one of the 2007 Ginners Schools still have opportunities to do so at the USDA gin labs in Las Cruces, NM, and Stoneville, MS.
The Western Ginners School will be held in Las Cruces, May 15-17. The Stoneville Ginners School will be held June 12-14 in Stoneville.
The Southwest Ginners School was held April 9-11 in Lubbock.
Registration information can be completed online at
National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) Executive Vice President Harrison Ashley said each level of Ginner Schools coursework is built on the previous level of instruction, with Level I as the foundation. Beginning students, regardless of gin experience, start with Level I.
Level I courses are:
• Introduction to cotton ginning and the industry.
• Maintenance of auxiliary gin components.
• Basic hydraulics.
• Basic gin safety.
• Maintenance and adjustments for seed cotton cleaners, gin stands and lint cleaners.
• Air utilization and drying.
• Electricity in the gin.
The Level II offerings include:
• Purpose and operating principles of individual gin machines.
• Efficient operation, adjustment and maintenance of gin equipment.
• Pneumatics and waste collection.
• Electrical systems.
• Hydraulic systems.
• Gin safety.
• Management tips.
Level II roller ginning sessions will be held only in Las Cruces.
Level III features:
• Review of functions of a ginning system.
• Electrical systems.
• Air Systems in the gin.
• Drying and moisture restoration systems.
• Matching machinery capacities in the system.
• Seed cotton unloading systems and management of seed cotton handling systems.
• Bale presses and hydraulic systems.
• Safety programs and labor regulations.
• Cottonseed handling systems.
Level III roller ginning sessions will also be held only in Las Cruces.
In addition, all schools will feature continuing education courses on all three days and a one-day course for office workers and gin owners.
School cooperators include NCGA, USDA-ARS, NCGA member associations, the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, gin machinery/equipment manufacturers/suppliers, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and select land-grant universities.