Australian cotton profiled to major BCI textile manufacturers in China
Australian cotton was well represented in China last week at a Conference for nearly 300 Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) members who are sourcing BCI cotton from around the globe. Cotton Australia Chairman Simon Corish, Board member Nigel Burnett and his wife Beth, ACSA Chairman Cliff White and Cotton to Market Project Lead Brooke Summers all made presentations during the one-day event.
Aussie cotton represented at Second Fashion Forum
Cotton Australia represented the industry at the Second Fashion Forum convened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, last month in Sydney. The event was also supported by the Australian Fashion Chamber, and provided an opportunity to tackle issues of mutual interest with representatives from across the fashion supply chain and other industry influencers. Additionally, the event provided a platform to discuss Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market program.
QFF Energy Savers: register now
The Queensland Government recently announced a commitment of $10 million to extend the Energy Savers Plus program. This has been welcomed by the QLD Farmers’ Federation, which partners with the government to deliver the program. The expanded Energy Savers Plus program will include an additional 200 energy audits for agricultural customers and offer a 50% co-contribution (capped at $20,000) towards the cost of implementing changes recommended through the audits.
Click 2.0: submit your entries
The Click 2.0 photo and video competition is well underway, with entries submitted from all corners of the cotton production. The competition represents a great opportunity to capture the progress of your 2017-18 crop with your best snaps. Everyone is encouraged to submit an entry – regardless of ability, this is an opportunity to show your passion and enthusiasm for the cotton industry.
MDBA legislation tabled in Parliament
The Federal Government yesterday tabled a legislative amendment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP), with the key change reducing the water recovery target in the north from 390GL to 320GL. The reduction had been recommended by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, after its analysis found that a reduction of 70GL would save 200 jobs in irrigation-dependent communities while still delivering environmental benefits identified under the MDBP. The reduction aligns with the view of Cotton Australia and other irrigator and farmer representative groups that a reduced target allows the Government to concentrate on investment in complementary measures - such as cold water pollution mitigation and fish passage works - which can leverage environmental outcomes from the environmental water held by the Commonwealth. The legislation, which is a Disallowable Instrument, must sit in both Houses of Parliament for 15 sitting days, a process that will carry the legislation through to at least February 2018. Cotton Australia will continue to advocate on behalf growers as the Instrument moves through Parliament.
myBMP recognised in ‘Textile Exchange Preferred Fibres Report’
Global not-for-profit organisation the Textile Exchange provides advice to the world’s major brands and retailers about which fibres have the least impact on the environment. For the first time, Australia’s myBMP program has been included in the Preferred Fibre & Materials Market Report 2017, including a case study on the program’s success.
Apply now: National Landcare Program funding
Applications are now open for the Smart Farms Small Grants initiative (applications close December 7, 2017) and the Smart Farming Partnerships (applications close December 21, 2017) under the next phase of the National Landcare Program. Growers are encouraged to develop ambitious and collaborative projects for application, and promote the existence of the grants – particularly those for individuals, amongst your own membership.
National Agriculture Day: get involved
All Australians are invited to help celebrate National Agriculture Day on Tuesday 21 November. This day is organised to raise awareness of the importance of the Australian farming industry and its contributions to wider community. The day is supported by the National Farmers Federation (of which Cotton Australia is a member) as well as the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. There are events taking place right across the country, with a variety of opportunities to get involved. These include attending events, getting involved on social media (#AgDay), and school-related activities for younger students.
Archibull Prize people’s choice: vote now
Art4Agriculture is nearing the end of its finalist choices as the Archibull Prize judging nears completion. Cotton Australia is a major sponsor for the Archibull Prize which aims to connect students with focussed learning on the cotton industry through art, technology and related lessons. The ‘people’s pick’ award is a close race with votes coming in from around 50,000 international enthusiastic viewers. Voting closes on November 17 at 5pm.
Climate workshops at St George and Dirranbandi: register now
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), of which Cotton Australia is a member, has partnered with the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee to host climate risk workshops. Events will be held at Dirranbandi and St George on November 29, 2017. Registration is essential. For more information and to register, visit the website below.