Ginner of the Year Nominations Open

President Steve Sterling with the 2021 Ginner of the Year Tom Stallings

Each Year the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association recognizes one of our members… either a gin or an individual.. as the Southeast Cotton Ginners of the Year. We are in the process of accepting nominations for the 2022 Ginner of the Year. If you know an outstanding ginner, please download the accompanying application and send it to us.

Applications can be scanned and emailed (preferred) or faxed. Please send them to dusty at southern-southeastern dot org or fax to 706-344-1222. The deadline for this year’s nomination is October 8. Give us a call if you have questions.



2022 State Meetings Set

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. 


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


Last Chance

We’re just a few days from our first Three-day safety seminar. We only have a few spots left. If you would like to join us, please register by Thursday. That will give us time to do name tags and certificates for the participants.

Please go to for more information. Registration is on Eventbrite at

Give us a call if you have any questions.

Wage and Hour 3 Day Seminar Recordings Available

Earlier this year the Wage and Hour Division conducted a Three day seminar/webinar with presentations on many problems/topics they see in agriculture. I was only able to attend a couple of these online. They have finally made the programs available for viewing as recordings. Please find more information below. Given this was a three-day session, you probably want to pick and choose the topics you may have interest in. Topics are time-stamped for your convenience. The links below are the only way to get to the recordings as they are not searchable on YouTube.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our WHD Community Outreach Specialist in your area. 

Agriculture Seminar (Day 1)On April 5, 2022, we commenced with a welcome and introduction session followed by a panel discussion where panelists from the Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or OSHA), and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the agriculture industry. Afterwards, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) covers the certification process, and the Wage and Hour Division’s presents requirements for temporary employment when utilizing the H-2A visa program.
00:00 – Opening Remarks 
12:21 – Panel Discussion: Cultivating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Agriculture 
54:19 – H-2A Temporary Employment Certification Process
02:14:27 – H-2A Temporary Employment Requirements 
03:12:00 – Closing Remarks 
Agriculture Seminar (Day 2)On April 6, 2022, we started with a panel discussion on H-2A requirements led by Department of Labor representatives from the Wage and Hour Division, Solicitor of Labor, and Office of the Inspector General. Following the opening panel discussion, Wage and Hour offers three sessions. The first covers the requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act including Child labor and the second provides requirements of the Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Worker Protection Act. Next, WHD presents on OSHA Field Sanitation standards with information from OSHA on the Heat Initiative.
00:00– Opening Remarks 
05:21 – Panel Discussion: H-2A Enforcement Requirements 
01:05:19 – Agricultural Requirements: FLSA & Child Labor 
01:30:25 – Agricultural Requirements: Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA)
02:29:39– Agriculture Requirements: OSHA Field Sanitation Standards 
03:13:59 – Certification Team: How to Register as a Farm Labor Contractor 
03:13:59 – Closing Remarks 
Agriculture Seminar (Day 2) – Spanish/EspañolEl 6 de abril de 2022, la División de Horas y Salarios repaso los requisitos de la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo, incluido el trabajo de menores de edad. También repasamos los requisitos de la Ley de Protección de los Trabajadores Agrícolas Migratorios y de Temporada.  
00:00 – Palabras de Apertura 
00:25 – Requisitos Agrícolas: FLSA y Trabajo de Menores de Edad 
28:19 – Requisitos Agrícolas: Ley para la Protección de los Obreros Agrícolas Migratorios y de Temporada 
Agriculture Seminar (Day 3)On April 7, 2022, OSHA provided an overview on Health and Safety requirements. The Wage and Hour Division also conducted a number of panel discussions on the topics of: Labor Trafficking in Agriculture and Retaliation. The USDA’s Farm Service Agency concluded the day’s events with a presentation about their program.
00:00 – Opening Remarks 
00:05:25 – OSHA Health & Safety Requirements 
00:53:03 – Panel Discussion: Combatting Labor Trafficking in Agriculture
02:02:45 – Panel Discussion: Weeding out Retaliation in the Workplace
03:32:58 – Getting Started and Working with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) 
04:09:37 – Closing Remarks

Three-Day Safety Seminar Scheduled

We wanted to let everyone know that we’ve scheduled a Three-Day Safety seminar for early August in Tifton. The cost is $300 per person and the sessions are targeted at front line supervisors that will be conducting training and not necessarily managers. If you know you’d like to sign up, here’s the link. If you’d like more detail read on.


While cotton gins are considered Agriculture in the eyes of OSHA, warehouses are not. OSHA requires all lift truck drivers in cotton warehouses to be properly trained as part their safety program. Prior to the pandemic, the Safety and Insurance committee recommended that we hold Train-the-trainer programs for those members that wanted to have Trainers on staff. We had held a couple of them in 2019 with good success

We contacted the company we’ve been working with on these trainings and worked with them to expand the program. They developed a Three-Day Program that covers several general safety topics and includes the Train-the-Trainer for lift trucks and elevated work platforms.

Since this program was developed relatively recently, we will only hold one such program this year but plan on doing at least one and possibly 2 next year based on participation.

This program is targeted at the front-line supervisors and trainers that have the most influence on the crews. These are the ones conducting the training either formally or on-the-job as most of our ‘training’ tends to be. This is not a purely “rules and regs” but a practical ‘why’ kind of training on many general safety topics but it includes the Train-the-Trainer on lift trucks and powered elevated work platforms. Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials to train their own employees in accordance with OSHA’s regs.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Lunch will be provided for two days. The session will be at the Micro-Gin at the University of Georgia in Tifton August 9-11. The address is in the EventBrite sign-up. Please follow this link above for registration or click here for more details.


Insurance Meeting Recently Held by National Cotton Ginners

Earlier this week, the National Cotton Ginners Association held a zoom meeting with a number of insurance representatives to discuss the situation we’re all facing with our insurance. Last year many were caught flat footed with huge increases in premium and very little ability to try to find alternatives.

Over the past couple of years, most of the ‘traditional’ agribusiness insurance carriers have left the market. The ones that are left are either limiting who they write or charging exorbitant premiums relative to previous years. The theme of most of the presentations was this isn’t a matter of greed it seems to them to be a matter of survival.

This contraction or hardening of the market is not just in our world but came home to roost in the past 24 months in a big way. The crisis in the insurance property and casualty market seems to have been brewing a while. The rapid increase in housing prices and inflation of building materials and steel has the potential to make this worse. We are not alone but it doesn’t make our situation any easier to handle.

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