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  • Have your say: fight the backpacker tax

    Monday, 8th February 2016 // Breaking News, Featured // Comments (0)

    The Federal Government proposes to change the tax rules for working holiday makers (known as "backpackers") in July. Read more »

  • Cotton industry urges Australians to support #backpackertax campaign

    Tuesday, 2nd February 2016 // Breaking News, Media Releases, Featured // Comments (0)

    Cotton Australia has joined the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) and other agricultural organisations to call on the Federal Government to reconsider its proposed 'Backpacker Tax'. Read more »

  • Cotton Matters 27 January 2016

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

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  • Farming groups ramp up lobbying against Federal Government’s backpacker tax proposal

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

    Cotton Australia is escalating efforts in working with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) – of which Cotton Australia is a member – and other agricultural peak bodies to campaign against the Australian Government’s proposed ‘backpacker tax’. Read more »

  • Have your say: regulation of Australian agriculture inquiry

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

    The Productivity Commission is undertaking an Inquiry into the regulation of Australian agriculture and is currently seeking input from the public to inform their findings and recommendations. The inquiry has a primary focus on the regulatory burden on on-farm businesses, though the scope also includes the supply chain. Cotton Australia will be responding and submissions are due by February 12, 2016. We are calling on growers and others in the industry to assist with our submission by contacting us with any examples of regulations (‘red tape’) that you consider impact your business or the productivity or competitiveness of the industry, and ideally what that cost might be. Read more »

  • Cotton Australia hosts workshop to enhance industry’s biosecurity preparedness

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

    Cotton Australia hosted biosecurity experts from industry and government involved in the cotton industry’s defoliating verticillium biosecurity response. The aims of the workshop were to improve coordination between all parties involved and to ensure increased preparedness of the cotton industry to handle future incursions of exotic plant pests. Read more »

  • Darling Downs growers gather following December 2015 super storm

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

    Growers impacted by the December 2015 super storm on the Darling Downs gathered for an event at Norwin on 19 January, 2015. Growers were provided with information about the support available from industry and government. It is estimated that the storm caused up to $50 million in damage, with around 50 cotton growers affected and cotton crop losses estimated at around 5000ha. Read more »

  • Water infrastructure funding available for Queensland MDB irrigators

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

    Queensland irrigators accessing the Murray–Darling Basin are encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade or build new water infrastructure under Round 10 of the Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency (WUE) program. The funded infrastructure must relate broadly to water storages, water distribution or in-field systems. Eligible irrigators can apply for up to 90% of the total cost to undertake on-farm infrastructure projects to increase WUE. Read more »

  • On-farm electricity use audits available to Queensland growers

    Monday, 25th January 2016 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

    An opportunity has arisen for a limited number of on-farm electricity audits. These audits are available at no cost and will look at your on-farm electricity use (pumping, heating, coolrooms, etc.). Audit results will provide advice on what can be done to improve efficiency and, in turn, reduce electricity costs. Read more »

  • Applications are now open for 2016 scholarships supported by Cotton Australia

    Friday, 22nd January 2016 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

    These scholarship have been enabled by the Cotton Catchments Communities Co-operative Research Centre’s Legacy Fund. Read more »