A group of touring Chinese cotton industry representatives climbed aboard a cotton picker with on-board module builder, inspected round cotton modules moving down a conveyor ramp and watched the ginning and baling process at the farm and gin of Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.
The visit is part of the U.S.-China Cotton Leadership Exchange Program established by the NCC and the Chinese Cotton Association (CCA) in 2006. The visits are in accordance with a signed memorandum of understanding between the NCC and CCA that promises cooperation between the countries’ cotton industries.
1. Cotton picker
Wang Huaigui, Wang Dingwei, Tu Tongkun, Zhang Yuling, Li Yuesheng, Zhang Xiaopong, Sun Shuzi and Guo Chen got their first look at a cotton harvester with on-board module builder.</p>
2. Chinese visiting Richard and Charlotte Kelley
A group representing the China Cotton Association toured Burlison Gin Co., and tasted homemade southern cuisine at the home of Richard and Charlotte Kelley in Burlison, Tenn. Front row, from left, Li Yuesheng, Charlotte Kelley, Richard Kelley and Wang Huaigui; second row, Zhang Yuling, Tu Tongkun, Wang Dingwei, Sun Shuzi and Helen Coe, interpreter; and back row, Guo Chen, Zhang Xiaopong and Karin Malmstron, director for China, Cotton Council International.</p>
3. Wang Dingwei
Wang Dingwei admires a particularly productive cotton plant from a field in west Tennessee.</p>
4. Tour of Burlison Gin
Zhang Xiaopong, Helen Coe, interpreter and Guo Chen discuss what they learned on a tour of Burlison Gin Co., Burlison, Tenn.</p>
5. Richard Kelley and Frank Mou.
Richard Kelley, left, shares a moment with interpreter, Frank Mou.</p>
6. Richard Kelley
Burlison, Tenn., cotton producer and ginner Richard Kelley welcomes a delegation from the Chinese cotton industry to his gin.</p>