COTTON GINNERS around the world can now reach for a new publication designed to give them a comprehensive source of the best ginning practices for their individual needs, thanks in part to an Agricultural Research Service agricultural engineer.

The publication of Report of an Expert Panel on Ginning Methods in by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) identifies the current production and ginning practices for the major cotton-producing countries and describes the functions of each type of commercial gin machinery and its impact on fiber quality.

A key contributor to the report was W. Stanley Anthony, research leader of the ARS Cotton Ginning Research Unit in Stoneville, Miss. He chaired an international panel of cotton experts — including members of industry, research institutes and trade associations — who helped develop the report.

Anthony says ginners should be knowledgeable of new technologies that impact fiber quality and value. He says a greater understanding of global ginning practices would enhance the quality of cotton goods.

Anthony was managing editor of ARS' Cotton Ginners Handbook, a much-used information source in the ginning industry.