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Gin school registration open

Registration is under way for the Stoneville Ginners School to be held June 17-19 at the USDA ginning laboratory in Stoneville, Miss. Registration information can be found at

Three course levels will offered:

Level I: 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; and Electricity in the Gin;

Level II: 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; and Management Tips; and

Level III: 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; and Cottonseed Handling.

Also offered will be continuing education (CE) courses featuring in-depth discussions of advances in harvesting equipment and ginning of modules produced by on-board moduling systems; PLC controllers and electrical components; safety training; and the latest on gin waste and gin-byproducts. The CE course topics were chosen by ginners on the National Cotton Ginners Assoc. (NCGA) Technology Committee and the three USDA ginning labs.

School cooperators include the NCC; NCGA and its member associations; USDA-ARS; USDA Extension Service; Cotton Incorporated; gin equipment manufacturers/suppliers; Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; and select land grant universities.

For more information, call Betty Thorne or Harrison Ashley at (901) 274-9030.

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