From The NCC
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is excited to officially move into phase two and is recruiting new U.S. growers for enrollment. The Trust Protocol works to ensure the future of U.S. cotton by helping growers tell their sustainability story and ultimately assure Brands and Retailers that they can purchase U.S. Cotton with even greater confidence, knowing that it is grown more sustainably and verified by third-party audit.
Beginning today. the Trust Protocol is running webinars through September 25 to provide details and help gins and coops in signing up growers in this important program. The webinars will provide details on why the Trust Protocol is important in a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and how growers can quickly and easily join the Trust Protocol.
The link below will provide a schedule of these webinars and allow you to register. Please note that beginning September 29, separate sessions will begin for growers, and you are also welcome to attend one of those sessions as well. Please register to learn more about the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. Join us by clicking one of the times below that fits your schedule, and add it to your calendar.
All information on registration and Scheduling can be found HERE.
It is with deep sadness that we have lost another of our members. Allen Hudson of the Quality Gin in Dunn, North Carolina passed away on Sunday after a very long and brave battle with a lung infection.
Allen had been a supporter of the industry and organization his entire adult life. He had been a director to the association as long as I can remember only taking time off when the term limits required it.
Allen’s obituary can be found HERE. Our deepest sympathies go to Allen’s family. He will be missed by more than they know. Our organization is richer because Allen took to the time to be leader. Services will be tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16.
Cotton Incorporated has recently published a document that combines the research done in North Carolina and Texas looking at handling Round Modules and contamination. The publication goes through the many aspects of wrap damage that were observed by the researchers in working with Rounds. This publication should be read by all ginners and shared where possible with producers to help the entire process understand how modules get can get damaged and contamination can make it into the gin to begin with.
A couple years ago, one gin had a LARGE number of plastic calls. The only thing the gin did to change that was to limit who drove the equipment that unloaded and staged the modules on the yard. Limiting the operators to a couple well trained individuals made all the difference and their calls all but went away.
Please take a few minutes to download, read and share this document.
Due to popular demand AND a hiccup in the recording of the first Webinar, National Cotton Ginners and Travis Vance with Fisher and Phillips have graciously agreed to hold their Covid-19 webinar again. This webinar lasts about an hour and Travis will go over many aspects of Covid concerns for cotton gins.
The webinar will be this Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 8:00AM Eastern Time. This will be a zoom webinar and you can access it at https://cotton.zoom.us/j/91411371982 . If you missed the first webinar, we hope you’ll be able to make this one. Give us a call if you have questions.
UPDATE – LINK TO RECORDING HERE
The Coronavirus situation has really gotten in everyone’s way. Organizations such as ours are just as affected as most businesses are. Our State Meetings this year are no exception. We’ve decided to make them all virtual. Weighing potential exposure to our members, many of whom are in vulnerable populations, with the desire to get together is not a task we have taken lightly. Although the likelihood of exposure is low and the and the severity of Covid is mild for the majority of the population, it does have a very bad outcome for some. It is out of an abundance of caution that we have made this move.
We are going to conduct four Zoom calls just like we do the state meetings in person. Andy and I will give you updates on various topics ranging from Wage and Hour, to Covid, to Safety programs and anything else that comes up.