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Cotton Gin and Warehouse Manager



A cotton gin and warehouse manager oversees all operations involved in cotton ginning processes, logistics with USDA Cotton Classing offices, logistics with producers, storage and marketing of cotton bales. 



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Oversee ginning operations and equipment upkeep and maintenance
  • Ensure all phases of machinery operations are calibrated and functioning for efficiency and throughput
  • Transport harvested cotton from field to gin
  • Dry, clean, remove cotton seed from lint and baling and package cotton
  • Package and ship samples to USDA Classing offices
  • Oversee data management and reporting bale ID numbers and sample classing data
  • Market and facilitate sales and shipment of cotton bales with brokers
  • Handle logistical storage of cotton bales in warehouses
  • Oversee gin safety protocols and procedures according to OSHA guidelines
  • Market cotton seed and gin trash to potential buyers


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required however an associates degree in agricultural mechanics, engineering, business, and/or marketing or higher may be preferred.  


To pursue a career as a Cotton Gin and Warehouse Manager:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, physics or mechanics, accounting, computer courses, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Cotton Gin and Warehouse Managers work for private or cooperative gins in all cotton producing states.  Some may be self employed if they are owner or part owner of the gin.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a cotton gin and warehouse manager will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Cotton Ginners Association
  • Cotton Incorporated 
  • National Cotton Council 
  • Regional Ginners Associations 
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