3PBIBale tagging system that identifies each U.S. cotton bale with a unique number that is traceable from the textile mill back to the gin.
4PBI Tags Attached to all U.S. bales Inserted in samples removed from U.S. bales
5PBI: The Link to USDA Classing Data “Tear off” sample PBI tag used to identify samples that are removed from the bale.PBI system enables easy access to USDA classing data for each bale individually.
6Permanent Bale Identification PBI Started in 1997PBI Program Overseen by USDAEnsures specifications are metPBI Number Made up of 5-digit Gin Code & 7-digit Bale NumberBarcode: Code 128 subset C5 Year Cycle on Bale NumbersRequired on all bales classed by USDA (100% of U.S. crop)
7PBI Number Defined PBI #: 960890001105 96089 0001105 Gin Code Gin Bale ID96 = Classing Office Code089 = Gin NumberClassing Office Codes:Abilene, TX 50 Lubbock, TX 70Birmingham, AL 13 Macon, GA 07Corpus Christi, TX 60 Memphis, TN 40Dumas, AR 30 Phoenix, AZ 86Florence, SC 03 Rayville, LA 28Lamesa, TX 72 Visalia, CA 96
9USDA National Cotton Database NDB System for storing all USDA cotton classification data.Housed in Memphis, TennesseeData from all USDA cotton classing facilities are stored in the NDB
10Classification Data Distribution Textile ManufacturersOther Gov’t AgenciesCotton MerchantsUSDA National DatabaseAbileneVisaliaCorpus ChristiRayvilleMemphis, TNDumasMemphisFlorenceLamesaLubbockMacon
11USDA National Cotton Database NDB Internet accessibleCurrent bale owners or authorized agents may retrieve the USDA classification dataDatabase customers must register to set up an account and to acquire user id and password5 cents (US dollars) per downloaded bale record.
12Customer Access to the USDA National Cotton Database Bale data accessed by PBI numberData available for current U.S. cotton crop and the previous four cropsContact or go to for more information and/or application forms.
13USDA National Database (NDB) Data Format One Bale:Format fully explained in USDA publication “Understanding the Data”USDA provides the data in the format above but does not provide software for using the data
14USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Gin Code from PBI (columns 1-5)96 = Classing Office Code = Gin NumberClassing Office Codes:Abilene, TX 50 Lubbock, TX 70Birmingham, AL 13 Macon, GA 07Corpus Christi, TX 60 Memphis, TN 40Dumas, AR 30 Phoenix, AZ 86Florence, SC 03 Rayville, LA 28Lamesa, TX 72 Visalia, CA 96
15USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Gin Bale from PBI (columns 6-12)
16USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Date Classed (columns 13-20)
17USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Reporting Basis (column 21) Reporting Basis (column 21)0 = Single Bale 1 = Module 2 = TrailerAveraged Averaged
18USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Module / Trailer Number (Column 22-26) Module / Trailer Number (Column 22-26)
19USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Number of Bales in Module / Trailer Number (Column 27-28)
20USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Official Color Grade Staple Length in 32nds(Column 29-30) (Columns 31-32)
21USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Micronaire Strength Leaf Grade Extraneous Matter(Col ) (Col ) (Col. 38) (Col )
22USDA NDB Data Format One Bale: Remarks HVI Color Grade Color Quadrant Remarks HVI Color Grade Color Quadrant(Col ) (Col ) (Col. 45)
32International Round Testing Popular International Round TestsStartedUSDA HVI Check TestCSITC Round TestBremen Round Trial ’s
33International Round Testing Approximate Number of Participating Labs:USDA HVI Check Test Program 60CSITC Round Test Program 75Bremen Round Trial
34USDA HVI Check Test Program Participants provided with 2 samples/monthHVI measurements included:Len/Str/UI/Mic/Rd/+b/TrashArea/Trash Count/SFI/Elongation/NepsReporting:Participant values compared to USDA standard values and overall participant averageDistribution of all participants’ resultsIndividual participant results are confidentialFree first year, $324 (U.S.) per year thereafterContact Information:
37CSITC Round TestCommercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of CottonConducted under the auspices of the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s (ICAC) CSITC Task ForceTesting program conducted by USDA and Bremen Fiber Institute
38CSITC Round Test Details Participants provided with 5 samples per quarterHVI measurements included: Len/Str/UI/Mic/Rd/+bParticipants are graded and ranked on their performanceParticipant grades, ranks and performance are confidential$300 (U.S.) per yearContact Information:
40Bremen Round TrialConducted by Bremen Fibre Institute in Bremen, GermanyParticipants provided with 1 sample per quarterIncludes HVI, AFIS, Stelometer, Pressley, Fibrograph, Comb Sorter, Almeter, Maturity/Fineness, etc.No costContact Information:
41Comparison of Round Tests CSITCUSDABremenFor HVI Measurements Calibrated to HVI Universal StandardsFor All Available HVI MeasurementsFor All HVI plus other Cotton Fiber Testing InstrumentsFrequency of Round TestQuarterlyMonthlyNo. of Samples per Round Test521Provides Scoring & Ranking of ParticipantsCost$300$324No Cost