The National Cotton Council is offering brochures, posters and videos aimed at reducing the level of contamination caused by workers in the nation's cotton crop.
Plastics--such as frayed module covers and tie-downs--continue to be the No. 1 source of contamination, followed by apparel (gloves, caps, jackets and rags), inks, grease and oil, rubber, tools and machinery parts.
"Field workers should scout fields and remove trash, especially bale twine, plastic liners and sacks," says Shay Simpson, who coordinates NCC's contamination-prevention education program. To order materials, contact Simpson at Box 820285, Memphis, TN 38182; or 901-274-9030; fax, 901-725-0510; email@example.com.