Gregg Sain says he likes to watch first-time visitors see a cotton gin in operation.
“There are a lot of moving parts. I watch their eyes, and they're just fascinated," says Sain, adding that a cotton gin doesn’t function properly without good employees. The same is true for farm policy, and Sain, who is disappointed with what’s happened to cotton in the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Sain, who operates two gins, the Jonesway Gin at Kennett, Mo., and the Graves Gin at Hargrave's Corner near Rector, Ark., talked about his concerns about the farm bill and the cotton industry after he received the Southern Cotton Ginners Association Cotton Ginner of the Year Award at its annual banquet at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
Singling out cotton in the new farm bill because of the Brazil case in the WTO was highly "unfair," Sain says. While most of the major commodities had a program similar to cotton's, only cotton has lost its status as a program crop, and cotton will pay a price for that decision.
For more information on the Agricultural Act of 2014, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.