Cotton Matters 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 13th June 2017 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Qld electricity pricing changes: calls for long-term certainty

Recent announcements of changes to the retail electricity pricing regime by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) and changes by Energy Queensland to the solar bonus scheme has caused even greater uncertainty for Queensland electricity users. Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray says that “farmers have suffered for too long - now is the time for strategic, problem-solving action”.

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NSW growers: last chance to identify on-farm training needs

Cotton Australia encourages growers to have their say (via a short online survey) and help identify the training needs of the cotton and grains industries now and into the future. Together with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Cotton Australia is conducting a training needs survey to better understand the immediate and future training needs of NSW growers, on-farm staff and the broader industry. The survey will help inform the roll-out of the AgSkilled initiative.

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Grants program available to cover myBMP audit costs

Cotton growers achieving myBMP certification in 2017 will again be eligible for a $2000 (ex GST) grant under the Better Farming Brighter Future sustainable cotton farming initiative. It is the fourth consecutive season Monsanto Australia has offered the grants to help encourage growers to undertake myBMP certification.

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Landline showcases Aussie cotton’s sustainability credentials

On Sunday 11 June, ABC’s Landline program showcased the Australian cotton industry’s commitment to research, development, myBMP, innovation and and the industry’s expansion. The episode features Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay, 2016 Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter (‘Connamara’, Pine Ridge, NSW), founding Australian cotton grower Frank Hadley, Auscott’s Ashley Power and Bill Back, CSD Chairman James Kahl, CSIRO cotton breeding group leader Dr Warwick Stiller and representatives from Jeanswest, Target Australia, and Baptist World Aid Australia. If you missed the episode, the story is now available online via ABC iView.

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Australian cotton represented in global sustainability forums

The world’s brands, retailers, manufacturers and sustainability NGOs have been left in no doubt as to Australian cotton’s sustainability credentials and commitment to further improvement, following participation at three major global forums last month. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) 2017 Global Cotton Conference in Berlin attracted almost 300 attendees from 37 countries with representation from the entire cotton supply chain. Cotton Australia and Australia’s cotton farmers were commended for their efforts to secure Australian government funding to assist BCI farmers in Pakistan, with a special event held with the Australian Ambassador to Germany to profile the partnership.

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Cotton Collective: call for new product EOIs

The Cotton Collective, to be held in Griffith, NSW from July 26-27, is the major event on the Australian cotton industry’s calendar for 2017. Do you have a new and exciting product or technology? Keen to showcase what it has to offer? Cotton Australia is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from companies / organisations / businesses seeking to get in front of growers and industry representatives to highlight how their new product will improve the productivity and profitability of cotton farming businesses.

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Jeanswest seeks designs for 100% Aussie cotton t-shirt

Australian retailer Jeanswest is calling all budding designers to showcase their talent by designing a t-shirt as part of its Blank Canvas campaign. Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market Lead, Brooke Summers, says "it would be a great story if one of the winning designs came from our own industry so if you know someone connected with the industry, please pass on the competition details". The four winning designs will be printed on a 100% Australian cotton t-shirt, which will form part of the menswear summer range in Australia and New Zealand, in store November 2017. Designers are asked to respond to the theme: ‘what does Australia mean to you?’ Along with the printed t-shirt, each designer will have their name, bio and social media handles printed on an individual swing tag. The winners will also receive $750 to go towards producing their folio. Entries close June 23, 2017. Cotton Australia continues to work with Jeanswest and other iconic Australian brands and retailers as part of the organisation’s Cotton to Market program.

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ICAC update: high prices persist despite rising stocks outside of China

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has released its latest update on cotton pricing, production and consumption. In 2016/17, world cotton production is estimated at 22.9 million tons while world mill use is projected at 24.3 million tons, which represents the second consecutive season where mill use has exceeded production. As a result, world ending stocks are forecast to decrease by 7% to 17.3 million tons.

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Nuffield Australia scholarships applications close this week

Applications for the 2018 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships close on June 16, 2017. Jointly with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Cotton Australia is a proud supporter of the Nuffield Scholarship program, supporting at least one cotton grower annually to undertake the program. Recent cotton industry scholars include growers Tom Quigley, Trangie; Matt McVeigh, Dalby; and Nigel Corish, Goondiwindi. Click below to apply now.

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Grassroots Grants: applications open next month

Applications for the 2017-18 round of the CRDC’s Grassroots Grants will open on 1 July 2017 and close on 30 November 2017. 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 when the program opens. The program encourages Cotton Grower Associations (CGAs) to apply for funding to support capacity building projects in their region.

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Have your say: safety survey for Queensland farmers

Around 13 Queensland agriculture workers die each year as a result of a workplace incidents and 1700 are injured – affecting one in every 25 agriculture workers. In an effort to reduce these numbers, the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations has commissioned market research company TNS (Kantar Public) to conduct research on their behalf to better understand the perceptions and behaviours around safety in the agriculture industry in Queensland. We would encourage you to participate and complete this confidential short seven-minute survey to have your say about this important topic.

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