Walgett CGA, Cotton Australia respond to spray drift
Cotton Australia is working with the Walgett CGA to address spray drift, after crops on more than 10 farms in northern NSW were hit by off-target spray around Christmas time. Cotton Australia Regional Manager Paul Sloman attended an emergency meeting held by Walgett CGA, and both he and the organisation’s policy team are working with both growers and regulators.
Cotton Australia assists storm-hit Darling Downs growers
In the wake of a storm which tore through the Darling Downs on Boxing Day 2017, Cotton Australia is working with other agriculture representative groups and the Queensland Government to assist affected growers.
USO welcome, focus must now be on cost
Cotton Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) released in December 2017. The USO is a long-standing safeguard that ensures all Australians have access to a voice only Standard Telephone Service and payphones.
Beat the spray drift threat with AgSkilled courses
Perfectly timed to meet the spray drift challenge our industry currently faces, AgSkilled is offering Advanced Chemical Spray Application Training in a number of locations around NSW. The course is fully funded and meets the requirements for NSW Chemical User Accreditation. Click below to learn more.
Training important for improving quad bike safety
Cotton Australia has made a submission to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission on quad bike safety, commenting on that organisation’s issues paper on the subject. Cotton Australia addressed mandatory safety standards, rating systems and the need for subsidies for safety equipment and training. Read this submission, and others from Cotton Australia, at the link below.
Last chance to apply for scholarships
Today is the last day to apply for financial scholarships to students enrolled in Certificate III based programs (including Access Ag) at Emerald Agricultural College in 2018. The scholarships are being offered by the Central Highlands Cotton Growers & Irrigators Association (CHCGIA) and Cotton Australia, and are typically valued at $5000. Click on the link below to learn more and to apply.
Stinky threat detected in Sydney
CottonInfo has warned of the threat of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB, Halyomorpha halys) to Australia’s cotton industry, after it was recently detected at a warehouse in Sydney. Click on the links below to find out what to look for and what to do if you suspect this bug is on your farm.
Qld Energy Savers program extended
The Queensland Government’s Energy Savers program has been extended with up to 200 more energy audits, and up to $20,000 in matched funding to implement recommendations from the audits. The Energy Savers audits have so far identified more than $3 million in savings with a payback period of five years or less.
New executive committee for ACSA
The Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) held its AGM in November 2017, electing Cliff White of OmniCotton Australia to the role of Chair for the upcoming year. Roger Tomkins (S&G Cotton) is Senior Vice Chairman, Michael O’Rielley (QC Olam) is Vice Chairman, Matthew Bradd (Ecom Cotton) is immediate past Chair and Tracey Byrne-Morrison continues as Secretariat.
Nitrogen research tour coming to a venue near you
The 2018 CottonInfo irrigation and nitrogen tour will visit six cotton-growing valleys in February 2018. Cotton growers are invited to field days at Darlington Point, Warren, Moree, Wee Waa, Boggabilla and Brookstead to meet with the industry’s leading irrigation and nitrogen researchers.
Production growth to continue: ICAC
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is forecasting a continuation of cotton production recovery in 2017-18, with a projected 11% growth due to increased area, to a projected 25.4 million tons.