It is time once again to complete your cost survey for TCGA.  This data is very important for TCGA, as we use it for comparing the various power companies, and for development of arguments in our rate cases.  You can use this data to compare your operations efficiency with other gins throughout the state.

A few years ago, the USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  TCGA plans to retrieve the necessary information for our state survey from the NCGA electronic version.  We would appreciate your participation in this survey.  It will make the results more accurate and meaningful if we can get a high percentage of participation.

The electronic USDA/NCGA version of the cost survey will allow you to track your gin’s variable cost and compare your individual gin to other gins in the region.  Additionally, there are a number of charts and graphs, using historical data, that can be generated.  The electronic survey will allow for the annual input of a gin’s data and will allow you to include past years’ data if desired.  The data is strictly confidential, and the data will be shown only in aggregate.  Ginning cost and the ability for the industry to track these costs are extremely important.  This data is used for cost comparisons in Texas and is used nationally in both farm bill discussions and discussions with USDA.  Ginning cost data also will be an important discussion point in programs, such as the US Cotton Trust Protocol and, in particular, energy use.

Please use this electronic survey to report various costs.  Home – Gin Survey (

Let us know if you have any questions.