Like Gallian, Williams grew up in the cotton ginning business.
As California's cotton ginning industry has dwindled, however, Williams has seen increasing dissension and disagreements.
The modern cotton production, harvesting, seed cotton storage, and ginning
systems would not exist without the hard work, dedication, and service of many agricultural engineers.
Inlow credits technical knowledge gained at the ginning school with helping him make changes in the gin operation and its machinery.
Stacey Harrell, a computer systems analyst for the Dumas Cotton Gin in Dumas, Arkansas, says, "Even though I had observed the ginning operation while growing up and had some experience, I really didn't know the details until I attended the school.
Beall's prime business activity is the re-cycling of gin motes or non- perishable shorter fibers separated from cotton during the ginning
Two noncommercial, small-scale gins exist in the United States, both in Mississippi: the MAFES-Agricultural and Biological Engineering mini-gin and one at the USDA'S Cotton Ginning
Lab in Stoneville.
Because not all cotton is created equal, researchers at the ARS Cotton Ginning
Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi, are looking at ways to gin cotton better, based on individual physical fiber properties.