Cotton Matters 6 September 2017

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Iconic Australian brand backs Australian cotton

It’s been more than a decade since Bonds stopped production of clothing here in Australia – but now Australian cotton is back, bigger and better than ever. The iconic Australian brand has recently launched a new range of men’s and women’s t-shirts made from Australian cotton, backed by a massive marketing campaign featuring a range of celebrities and some of our very own cotton industry talent.

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Queensland water efficiency funding welcomed

Cotton Australia has welcomed a Queensland Government initiative to invest in water infrastructure on the state's farms. The organisation was one of eight rural industry groups to receive funding for the Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative (RWUEI) for 2017-18, which is designed to help irrigators improve efficiency through irrigation system design and management. $100,000 in financial incentives has been made available to cotton growers to adopt technologies and services through water use efficiency and best management practice and training.

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Matt McVeigh joins Cotton Australia Board

Darling Downs cotton grower Matt McVeigh has been appointed a member of Cotton Australia's Board. Mr McVeigh, a third-generation Dalby farmer, took up the role at the organisation's Annual General Meeting, held recently in Griffith. He takes the position of Stuart Armitage, a long-term Board member who retired from his position at the same meeting. Cotton Australia Chairman Simon Corish says that “while we are sad to see Stuart depart from Cotton Australia’s Board, we are glad that he will continue his advocacy on behalf of farmers as President of the Queensland Farmers’ Federation”. “On behalf of the Cotton Australia Board, I thank Stuart Armitage for his years of excellent service, and welcome Matt McVeigh to his new role.”

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CottonMap now online for 2017-18 season

Cotton Australia urges all cotton growers, farm managers, consultants, agronomists and contractors to input their planted cotton fields into CottonMap to help protect their crop against Group I herbicides, such as 2,4-D.

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Virtual cotton classrooms reach 580 students

Cotton Australia’s Cotton Classroom went virtual again this year, reaching 580 primary school students with the latest cotton educational resources. A total of 6 video conference sessions were conducted over Terms 2 and 3, and were attended by 16 schools (65% of were from rural areas and 35% from metropolitan areas). Each of the lessons were conducted by an education expert from Kimberlin Education in conjunction with a cotton industry volunteer - including Cotton Australia Central Highlands Regional Manager Renee Anderson, Emma Ayliffe, James Kanaley and Liz Lobsey. Cotton Australia thanks the volunteers for dedicating their time to the lessons, which provided an authentic link between the students and a farmer/agronomist.


ARLP Course 24 kicks-off, Course 25 applications open

Cotton industry-sponsored participants in the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) – Timothy Chaffey (Quirindi NSW) and Richard Malone (Griffith NSW) – met in Darwin in late August, marking the start of Course 24. Click here for more information about Course 24. Applications are currently open for Course 25, which will run from July 2018 to October 2019. Applications close September 30, 2017. The cotton industry positions are sponsored by Cotton Australia, Auscott Limited and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. The cotton industry and ARLP have a long history, both in support of participants and the many alumni who are well known for their contribution to the industry, including Dave Anthony, Phil Armytage, Dr Sharon Downes, Bruce Finney, Harvey Gaynor, Bernie George, Barb Grey, John Hamparsum, Jamie Iker, Adam Kay, Paul McVeigh and Arthur Spellson.

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North Qld water announcement welcomed

Cotton Australia welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Government that previously unallocated water from the Gulf water catchment is to be made available for agriculture. Minister for State Development & Natural Resources, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced that applications could be made for 92,500 megalitres of water from the Cloncurry and Gilbert Rivers.

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Staff appointments for Macintyre and St George districts

Cotton Australia has made new team appointments in the Macintyre Valley and St George districts. Cate Wild is Cotton Australia’s new Regional Manager for the Macintyre Valley, based in Goondiwindi. Rebecca Fing, formerly the organisation’s Regional Manager for the same district, has taken up a new role as Cotton Australia’s Workforce Coordinator. In conjunction with the shift in Cotton Australia’s regional team in the Macintyre Valley, the organisation’s St George & Dirranbandi Regional Manager - Jane Hill - has taken on additional responsibility in the Border Rivers region, extending her role to look after growers in the Mungindi district. The roles are part-time.

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Darling Downs field day showcases solar options

Growers and irrigators from across the Darling Downs last week converged on Brookstead cotton grower Don Baartz’ farm as part of an ‘irrigating with solar field day’. The event provided local growers with an opportunity to hear from Don first-hand about how to optimise solar for irrigation. Attendees also heard from Andrew Chamberlin, Queensland Farmers’ Federation Project Manager for the Energy Savers Plus Program and Peter Sutrin and Oliver Davis from Proven Energy Solutions.

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National Science Week celebrated in Emerald

Cotton Australia Central Highlands Regional Manager Renee Anderson last month joined 150 primary school students in a number of cotton classroom experiences to mark National Science Week. Chris and Emma McCullagh also participated, providing students with a great opportunity to interact with local growers. The STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering and maths) lessons provided students with information on the reasons behind crop rotations on cotton farms, soil health, sustainability and an overview of Australian cotton. The students also conducted a science experiment to test absorption rates of various items, including cotton.

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ICAC update: stable global stocks in 2017/18

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) estimates that in 2017/18, world cotton production and mill use will reach 25.1 million tons, which would result in a 9% increase in output and 2% rise in consumption. World cotton stocks are projected to remain stable at 18.5 million tons at the end of 2017/18, and, the world stock-to-use ratio is expected to be essentially unchanged at about 75%, or nine months, of mill use.

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Film celebrates ag in Central Highlands

A five-minute documentary – ‘Central Highlands Agriculture: more than you expect!’ –was launched at the Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association (CHCGIA) Awards Dinner at the Emerald Town Hall last month. The project was jointly supported by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Central Highlands Development Corporation, the CH Regional Council and CHCGIA. The film highlights the region’s production of cotton, irrigated citrus, seedless watermelons, table grapes, macadamias, chickpeas and more.

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