Partial Overtime Exemption Can Lead to Confusion

During out state meetings recently, one of the topics that seemed to cause the most confusion was dealing with overtime and how to pay it. This article will attempt to refresh everyone’s memory on how that works for gins.

Cotton Gins are in a unique position of having two partial overtime exemptions that give ginners the option of paying overtime after 40 hours (normal) or over 48 hours (partial exemption). There are two code sections in the Fair Labor Standards act that discuss the partial overtime exemption for gins. Sections 13(h) and 13(i) are the code sections in the law that we refer to for overtime exemptions. Gins may use these exemptions for up to 14 weeks.

Section 13(h) is the rule dealing with jobs that are necessary and incidental to the ginning process. A list of those types off jobs are contained in the document linked at the bottom of this article. Think of these as the people that you hire that aren’t running machinery. You can Continue reading

Ginning Wet Cotton Is No Fun

In the past several days, parts of our region have gotten a substantial amount of rain on wide open cotton. This is over and above what happened in the Carolinas with Florence. With temperatures where they are, damp cloudy weather  can lead to some instances (more rare than you may thing) where the ginner needs to take a bit more precaution when ginning.

Wet cotton can lead to wet seed. Wet seed can be tough to gin. Sprouted seed can be tough to gin. The best advice is to let the cotton dry thoroughly if possible. Soft seed will firm up enough to gin. Sprouted seed will drop the sprout a lot of the time and if it doesn’t, the gin and lint cleaners will get it out.

Sometimes producers need to go ahead an pick it before the next storm or front makes a bad situation worse. This is when you really need to communicate with your producers. Round modules can complicate things further.

Please read the paper below. It was developed several years ago and doesn’t take round modules into account but it has a lot of good information.

Recommendations Excess Moisture Prepared by WSAnthony

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NC, SC and VA State Unit Meetings This Week – FINALLY

For a third attempt, the North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia State Unit meetings for the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, will be held this week. The first two attempts had to be postponed due to Hurricane Florence’s impact on the area. Many gins and ginners are in some of the hardest hit areas of the state. Even though some gins will be running we will hold our annual issues update and safety meetings this week.

The South Carolina State Unit meeting will be Thursday, September 27 at 10 AM at the the Tri-County Electric Coop in St. Matthews, SC. The North Carolina / Virginia State Unit meeting will be Friday, September 28 at 10 AM as well. Lunch will follow.

We hope to see all our ginners at one of these meetings.

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NCC Develops Additional Contamination Prevention Material

This week the National Cotton Council is releasing a video on plastic contamination. The video which is broken into chapters addresses many of the aspects of plastic contamination from the field through the gin. Many of the chapters are directed toward producers and a few are directed toward gins.

We would recommend that you view the video and distribute the link or the video to your producers. We understand the National Cotton Council will be sending materials and the video directly to gins across the country to help spread the word that contamination Continue reading

Farm Bill Passes the Senate

The FarmBill easily passed the Senate last evening. With the House’s bill passing last week, the bills will now go to Conference Committee. The discussion will likely center around SNAP and reducing other costs around the entitlement program.

With the passage of the Farm Bill, and FSA’s beginning to transition to seedcotton away from the generic base, it appears that cotton is on track to be a full player once again in the farm program.

The only Southeastern Senator to vote against the bill was Senator Burr from NC. Only eleven voted against the bill and all were Republican.

Two Immigration Reform Bills Fail to Pass

In a little over a week, Congress has yet again failed to pass immigration reform measures. Last week, the House took up a bill know as the Goodlatte bill after the chairman of the Judiciary Committee Mr. Goodlatte. The bill had a number of reforms to immigration law and continued to evolve right up to the vote. Most significantly the bill contained Mr. Goodlatte’s Ag Act which was aimed at major changes in temporary guest workers for agriculture.

This week, the House again defeated a bill known as the Speakers Compromise Bill. This bill was mostly aimed at Border Security and the DACA recipients. It took a tough stance on the Continue reading