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New Adverse Effect Wage Rates

The new Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) were published in the Federal Register last week.  The AEWR is the minimum hourly wage an H-2A worker can be paid.  This AEWR came from the USDA National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) Farm Labor Survey (FLS).  The annual FLS survey is generally used to establish the AEWR for [...]

By |2023-12-18T13:40:36-06:00December 18th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Adverse Effect Wage Rates

TCGA Mournes the Passing of Rance Pernell

We are saddened to have to report that Lance Pernell passed away on December 9, 2023.  His obituary from the Moore-Rose Funeral Home is listed below: RANCE'S OBITUARY On Saturday, December 9, 2023, our Rock, Protector, Husband, Dad, Son and Brother, Rance Pernell, was called to the Lord at the age of 49. Rance Lynn [...]

By |2023-12-13T12:35:53-06:00December 13th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TCGA Mournes the Passing of Rance Pernell

Latest Farm Labor Survey results released

The USDA recently published the results of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) Farm Labor Survey (FLS).  Generally, the annual FLS is used to establish the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for H2A workers for the following year.  The law that established the H-2A program states that the importation of foreign workers shall not have [...]

By |2023-11-28T12:21:07-06:00November 28th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Latest Farm Labor Survey results released

NCGA Issues Statement Related to Items Added to Bale Coverings

Please see the following important information from the National Cotton Ginners Association:   Currently, there is no language within the JCIBPC Bale Packaging Specifications or USDA regulations that prohibits the application of any type of sticker to the outside of a bale. There are concerns that messages or images of any kind other than normal business/logistics [...]

By |2023-11-08T17:01:11-06:00November 8th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NCGA Issues Statement Related to Items Added to Bale Coverings

Approved Round Module Wrap Use Urged

The following article is from this Week's edition of Cotton's Week: Purchasers of round module wrap are encouraged to purchase wrap material that meets the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Cotton Module Cover Material Performance Standard. To inform the purchase decision, the NCC maintains a database of approved wrap products on its [...]

By |2023-10-13T14:37:19-05:00October 13th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Approved Round Module Wrap Use Urged

Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a potential funding opportunity available for employers under the FLSP grant program. Funds are granted for the following goals and purpose: (1) Drive US economic recovery and safeguard domestic food supply by addressing current labor shortage in agriculture; (2) Reduce irregular migration [...]

By |2023-10-03T15:23:33-05:00October 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP)

NCC Reminder – Form CCC-809

Please see the following important message from the National Cotton Council's Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee:       Date:       July 5, 2023 To:          Cotton Ginners From:      Chris Berry, Chairman Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee Subject:   Reminder – USDA Commodity Credit Corporation Form CCC-809, Cooperating Ginner's Bagging and Bale Ties Certification and Agreement As [...]

By |2023-07-05T17:27:17-05:00July 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NCC Reminder – Form CCC-809

Online Equipment Auction

One of our new associate members has made us aware of a large online auction that has a number of items which would be of interest to our members, such as module trucks, trailers and loaders.   Please use the link below to check out the auction! https://www.purplewave.com/auction/230628A

By |2023-06-07T17:14:06-05:00June 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Online Equipment Auction

Texas Legislature Passes State Budget – Ag Disaster Grant Unfortunately Not Included

The following notice was sent out by Plains Cotton Growers earlier today regarding an infrastructure grant agricultural groups, including TCGA, had pursued during the recently completed Legislative session.  We would like to thank Kody Bessent and the PCG staff as well as Jeff Nunley with South Texas Cotton & Grain for vigorously pursuing the assistance [...]

By |2023-05-30T18:56:17-05:00May 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Texas Legislature Passes State Budget – Ag Disaster Grant Unfortunately Not Included

OSHA Announces Fall Prevention National Emphasis Program

US Department of Labor announces national emphasis program to reduce,prevent workplace falls, a leading cause of workplace fatalities OSHA initiative aligns enforcement, outreach efforts to protect workers WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun a National Emphasis Program to prevent falls, the leading cause of [...]

By |2023-05-09T18:19:12-05:00May 9th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on OSHA Announces Fall Prevention National Emphasis Program
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