Georgia Labor Forum

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has organized their Ag Labor Forum as an in-person event this year. As labor (migrant and H-2A) has become a huge part of the headaches of running a gin today, we have become more involved in this forum. The two day meeting is November 9th and 10th in Tifton.

Their early-bird registration ends later this week. We understand this is a bad time to leave the gin but we wanted to make sure you are aware of this opportunity. Please see more information below and go to for more information.

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center 
Tifton, Georgia 

Tuesday, November 9 – Wednesday, November 10

This year the Georgia Ag Labor Relations Forum will be in person in Tifton, Georgia, November 9-10.

Hear advice from industry experts to help you comply with labor regulations and get updates about OSHA and DOL in this new COVID world. 

This event is to equip owners, operators, office managers, personnel managers and service providers for the produce, nursery, landscape, dairy, cotton, forestry, peanuts, and any other agricultural professionals dealing with agricultural labor relations to become and stay compliant with ag labor regulations. 
Register Today!

Passing of Jerry Hamill

One of the long time leaders in the cotton industry in the Southeast has lost a long battle with cancer. Please see the details below. Lift Betty and the whole family up in your prayers.

Jerry Lee Hamill

June 2, 1944 – October 2, 2021

Jerry Lee Hamill was born in Enfield, NC, on June 2, 1944, and died on October 2, 2021. He graduated from Enfield High School, and attended Chowan College, and later graduated from the Agricultural Institute at North Carolina State University.

Throughout his 54 years of farming, Jerry enjoyed the challenges of farming as well as discussions of farming techniques and rainfall amounts with friends and farmers across the country. Jerry was driven by a tireless work ethic and a determination to produce high quality crops with minimal environmental impact. He was a progressive farmer, adapting the latest products and processes to increase operational efficiency.

As a steward of the land, Jerry won various county, state, and national awards for peanut and cotton production, as well as for conservation and sustainability measures. Because of the help of his incredible farm team, his farm received the county award for peanuts seven times and for cotton six times. He was honored in 2021 with the Southeast High Cotton Award by the Cotton Foundation/Farm Press Magazine and with the Cotton Producer Recognition Award by the Southern Cotton Growers. He was often interviewed by news outlets and enjoyed communicating the difficulties and joys of farming.

Jerry enjoyed being a lifelong member of Eden United Methodist Church. He was also a member of his local Soil and Water Conservation Board, BB&T bank board, and a founding member of both a local cotton gin and peanut cooperative. Jerry was active in industry leadership roles as a past president of the NC Peanut Growers Association and a director with Cotton Incorporated. He also served on the boards of the NC Cotton Producers Association, the Southern Cotton Growers, Staplcotn, Cotton Board and the NC Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Elizabeth (Bettye) Futrell Hamill and their two daughters, Gina Hamill Donahoo (John) and Claudia Hamill Jenkins. He adored his six grandchildren: Libby, Abby and Anna Donahoo; Turner, Hamill and Polly Jenkins. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many cousins, and a huge circle of friends who are like family.

There will be a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent directly to Rainbow Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or Click Here or directly to the Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation Association, 7622 Highway 481, Enfield, NC 27823 or Click Here

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Hamill family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting

REMINDER: State Meetings This Week and Next

Just a Friendly Reminder that our state Ginner Meetings are this week and next. We will have the SC meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday September 15 in Santee at Clarks restaurant and NC/VA Meeting is on Thursday, September 16 in Wilson at the Ag Center. Both meetings start at 10AM. Please scroll down a couple of stories on the blog to find the RSVP links. No cost we just want to make sure we have enough food.

The Alabama / Florida Meeting will be via zoom. Please see the link in the same story below for zoom meeting registration. That will allow you to get the information for the meeting.

Thanks for your support of the. Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association.


Ginner of The Year Nominations Open

The Southeastern Cotton Ginners Assn is now acceptation applications for the Ginner of the Year for 2021. The award will be given out in January at our Annual Meeting. Please see the accompanying MEMO for more details along with the application it is attached to. Deadline is October 8.

Give us a call if you have questions. (hover over the box below to find the download button at the bottom of the window)



Passing of Jerry Nall

9/9/2020 UPDATE: Please find the Obituary for Jerry by following the following link:

I hate HATE HATE writing these posts but they must be done. It is with a truly heavy heart that I write about the passing of one of our former officers and strong supporters of the organization, Jerry Nall. Jerry passed away yesterday, September 5. He had been in the hospital for a bit over a week following heart surgery. Since surgery, it had been a struggle but appeared to have turned a corner and improving. I was shocked to hear of his passing this morning.

Please keep Martha and the boys in your prayers. Anyone that knew Jerry knows what a force for good he was. A true gentle giant. A friend. A Bear with the paws of a grizzly and heart of a teddy.

Please watch this post for updates on arrangements. This is a very tough day for the industry and particularly in the Southeast.

State Unit Meetings Scheduled

We’ve finally gotten this year’s meetings nailed down. Dodging other events has been a bit of a chore (and not completely successful) and we hope the dates below don’t conflict too badly with your schedule. 

If you are unfamiliar with these meetings, Southeastern Cotton Ginners holds regional meetings each year to bring members up to date on issues affecting the ginning industry in each area. Some issues are state driven and others are national in scope. We have a full plate and hope you’ll be able to make one of the four meetings listed below. 

These are open meetings. All ginners (members or not) are welcome to attend. We will have reports from various affiliated organizations and insurance representatives as well. We will also distribute the No Lost Time Accident Safety Awards at these meetings. If you are not able to attend a meeting in your area, we encourage you to make one of the other meetings. 


This year’s Alabama / FL meeting will be by zoom with all others in person.

As always feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.