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June 2022

Frank Thompson’s Passing

By |June 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Frank Thompson passed away on June 20, 2022, just shy of his 93rd birthday, in Lubbock surrounded by his beloved family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Les and Jessie […]

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OSHA National Emphasis Program for Heat

By |June 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

On April 8 2022, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program for Heat Related Illness and Injury.  This NEP requires each OSHA region to increase the number of heat inspections by 100 percent over the past […]

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May 2022

Johnny Anderson

By |May 27th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Message from Kody Bessent – CEO of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

It is with great sadness that I pass along news that Johnny Anderson who served Plains Cotton Growers for over 31 years as the Director […]

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April 2022

LAST CHANCE – NCGA Cost Survey

By |April 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

WE PLAN TO COMPILE AND RELEASE THE COST DATA INFORMATION IN MAY.  PLEASE COMPLETE THIS COST SURVEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  

The USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  We would […]

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ARS Ginning Labs Hosting Remaining Ginner Schools

By |April 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Posting below is from Harrison Ashley with NCGA: 

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has announced that with COVID numbers continuing to fall, the ARS ginning laboratories in Las Cruces, NM, and Stoneville, MS, can host the […]

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NCGA Cost Survey

By |April 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

PLEASE COMPLETE THE NCGA COST SURVEYS.  THIS INFORMATION WILL REPLACE THE TCGA COST SURVEYS DONE IN PAST YEARS. 

The USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  We plan to replace the […]

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March 2022

Ginners’ Labor Guide Updated

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Since 1997, the TCGA, in conjunction with the National Cotton Ginners’ Association and other Regional Associations, have maintained a publication called “A Ginner’s Practical Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and […]

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Site Specific OSHA 300 Inspections

By |March 23rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

As we mentioned in an earlier posting this month, the Department of Labor visited at least one cotton gin under a site-specific targeting program inspection.  The OSHA inspector was given a listing of facilities and […]

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NCGA Online Gin Cost Survey

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

PLEASE COMPLETE THE NCGA COST SURVEYS.  THIS INFORMATION WILL REPLACE THE TCGA COST SURVEYS DONE IN PAST YEARS. 

The USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  We plan to replace the […]

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February 2022

Registration for Gin School now Open!

By |February 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Be sure to register early if you are wanting to attend gin school this year!  Due to federal Covid restrictions placed on USDA employees, each of the schools will be limited to 50 students per […]

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NCGA Online Gin Cost Survey

By |February 15th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

REMINDER – Please take some time and fill out the new NCGA gin cost survey

The USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  We plan to replace the normal TCGA Cost […]

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NCGA Electronic Gin Cost Survey

By |February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

REMINDER – Please see email below from Harrison at NCGA.  The USDA and NCGA developed an electronic version of the Gin Cost Survey.  We plan to replace the normal TCGA Cost Survey with this version […]

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January 2022

2022 Planting Intentions Survey for Ginners

By |January 11th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Please see the following message from Harrison Ashley with NCGA:

Dear Ginner,

To allow the NCC to have the most complete planting intentions information, gins are being asked to participate in a short confidential online survey.

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Updated CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

By |January 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their Covid-19 Guidelines.  These new updates decreased the time quarantine/isolation time required after being exposed or contracting Covid-19.  As usual, the government managed to make the guidelines more […]

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December 2021

2022 Planting Intentions Survey for Ginners

By |December 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Please see the following message from Harrison Ashley with NCGA:

Dear Ginner,

To allow the NCC to have the most complete planting intentions information, gins are being asked to participate in a short confidential online survey.

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AEWR for H2A Workers increases on Dec 29

By |December 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Employers using foreign workers under the H2A program are required to pay a wage at least equal to the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR).  This wage rate is currently $13.03/hr in the state of Texas.  […]

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Wage and Hour Inspectors in West Texas

By |December 14th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Two gins on the Gulf Coast were visited by Department of Labor Wage and Hour inspectors during this season.  In addition, two gins have been inspected in West Texas this week.  There is a good […]

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H-2A Overtime and Wages

By |December 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We have been getting a lot of questions about H-2A workers recently.  In addition, we are in the process of wrapping up two Wage and Hour Inspections from earlier in this ginning season.  It still […]

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