Annual Report outlines performance and gains made on behalf of growers
Cotton Australia’s Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available online. The report outlines the gains your peak grower body has made in the last year across all areas of our portfolio - Policy and Advocacy, Research Direction, Stewardship and Community and Capacity. A copy will be mailed to you, and you should receive it very soon. Can't wait to read it? Click below to download the Annual Report and see it online straight away.
Cotton Collective: two weeks to go, register today
The biggest event on the Australian cotton industry’s calendar for 2017 – the Cotton Collective – is two weeks away. Those planning on attending must register. The event will run from July 26 to 27 at the Yoogali Club, and will coincide with other major industry events in Griffith NSW, including the Cotton Australia AGM, Australian Cotton Trade Show and the Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
Cotton Industry Awards: last chance to buy tickets
Those planning on attending the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards Night are encouraged to book tickets as soon as possible. Remaining tickets are extremely limited, and are expected to sell out soon. Tickets are priced at $90 (plus a booking fee) and can be bought online. This year’s event will be held in NSW at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club on July 26 from 6:30 pm.
Stamp duty changes welcomed, calls for harmonisation
NSW cotton growers will be able to manage their on-farm risk more effectively from January 2018, with the NSW Government removing stamp duty on insurance. Cotton Australia raised the issue with the NSW Treasurer last month, and has now called on the Queensland Government to follow the lead of its southern counterparts to remove stamp duty applied to insurance.
Sky Muster data to double following campaign for change
The nbn’s new wholesale allowable peak plans on the Sky Muster satellite service will increase from 75GB to 150GB, and total monthly plans will increase from 150GB to 300GB, from October 1, 2017. "Cotton Australia and its allies – through the Rural Regional and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) – have long campaigned to achieve an end to the data drought, and we think the nbn's announcement is a step towards achieving that," says Cotton Australia Policy Officer, Felicity Muller.
Become myBMP-certified now and access potential BCI premiums next season
More than 600,000 bales of Better Cotton were produced in Australia in the 2016-17 season, representing more than 15% of the entire crop. This is the fourth season Australian growers have been able to sell Better Cotton credits, and the momentum continues to build. Registering in the myBMP program and working towards certification is the first step to participating in the global Better Cotton market. Australian cotton growers must do three things to qualify as a BCI grower: (1) achieve myBMP certification, (2) pay the full Cotton Australia levy and (3) register with BCI through Cotton Australia. Not registered on myBMP? Ask your Cotton Australia Regional Manager now for help to get started or click below for more information.
HUGO BOSS joins 460+ Cotton LEADS partners
Global luxury fashion house HUGO BOSS is the latest of more than 460 partners from across the global supply chain to join the Cotton LEADS™ program, in a show of support for the sustainability credentials of Australian and U.S. cotton. In welcoming HUGO BOSS to the Cotton LEADS™ program, Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says the brand “joins a growing number of Cotton LEADS™ partners that recognise cotton growers in Australia and the U.S. have a strong track record of positive continuous improvement, operate in robust regulatory environments that set rigorous social and environmental standards, and have national plans for ongoing gains.”
ICAC update: global cotton production continues to recover
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has released its latest update on cotton production. World cotton production is expected to grow for the second consecutive season by 7% (to 24.6 million tons) in 2017/18. World cotton area is projected to expand by 7% (to 31.8 million hectares), which remains below the average of 32.3 million hectares of the previous ten years, despite prices staying above the long-term average.
Applications close today for Cotton Scientists Conference scholarships
In 2017, Cotton Australia will offer four $1250 scholarships to university students to attend the Australian Association of Cotton Scientists Conference. The scholarship is open to students studying agriculture, agricultural science or similar and enrolled full time in undergraduate study. The event will be held in Canberra from September 5 to 7, 2017. Applications close today (July 12, 2017). This scholarship has been enabled by the Cotton Catchments Communities Co-operative Research Centre’s Legacy Fund.
Grassroots Grants: applications now open
Applications for the 2017-18 round of the CRDC’s Grassroots Grants are now open. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis during this period, so Cotton Grower Associations (CGAs) are strongly encouraged to get their applications in as early as possible. The program encourages Cotton Grower Associations (CGAs) to apply for funding to support capacity building projects in their region. Applications close on November 30, 2017.
Apply now: Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants
Growers are encouraged nominate a community group or not-for-profit organisation to receive one of thirty $5000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants. This is a great opportunity for groups or projects that are important to cotton communities to apply for a funding boost. The program is initiated by the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). Nominations close on August 31, 2017.
Add your voice to child protection campaign, White Balloon Day
Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day unites Australians annually in their commitment to protecting kids. You can add your voice by participating in a social media campaign: #WhoRUProtecing? All you need to do is this: 1. Take a ‘selfie’ with the words of who you are protecting written on your palm (e.g. ‘MY CHILDREN’, ‘ALL KIDS’, ‘MY DAUGHTER’, ‘MY GRANDKIDS’ etc.); 2. Upload the‘selfie’ to your social media accounts on White Balloon Day (September 8, 2017), accompanied by the following hashtags: #whoRUprotecting #WhiteBalloonDay #Bravehearts