Each year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association holds a labor relations forum. This forum brings speakers from many aspects of agricultural labor from regulators to farm labor contractors (FLC’s) to attorneys for employers to discuss anything and everything affecting the ag community.
The forum is geared toward the produce and fruit industries but as we have become more reliant on migrant workers and more gins have had to resort to desperate measures to find labor, our interests are running together. This year’s forum has gone virtual.
Normally held in October/November each year and held in Tifton, this forum is not typically friendly to gin participation. The organizers have elected to make this a virtual meeting in light of Covid and it is spread out over a longer period. This may give you (our membership) more opportunity to listen in and participate.
This is the second year we have been a sponsor of this forum. It is a good opportunity to learn more about how other industries are dealing with the legal and regulatory aspects of migrant labor and H2A.
Cotton Incorporated has recently posted a new publication aimed at helping producers understand the impact of seed cotton moisture on their bottom line. The article can be found on the Cotton Cultivated portion of Cotton Inc.’s site.
We’ve had more than our fair share of tropical impacts in the past few years and the importance of seed cotton moisture has really had a roll in the quality of the Southeastern Cotton. Please download this article and distribute it to your producers as we really get cranking on this year’s harvest. We need to thank Ed Barnes at CI and the many staff of the gin labs for contributing to this timely article.
It’s with a heavy heart that we pass along the news of the passing of Jerry Davis, recently retired, of the Heart of Georgia Gin in Hawkinsville. Jerry was a long time and strong supporter of this association and loved the ginning industry. When you talked to Jerry his eyes would light up about cotton. Jerry will be laid to rest this Sunday, October 11 at 2PM with services being held at the Broad Street Baptist Church in Hawkinsville. Clark Funeral Home in Hawkinsville are handling the arrangements.
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.
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.