Celebrate our excellence – attend the National Grower of the Year Field Day
Growers from across NSW and Queensland will flock to Quirindi on March 16, 2017 to attend the National Grower of the Year Field Day. Hear from expert speakers and herald the achievements of 2016 Grower of the Year – Connamara Partnership: Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter.
Nominations open for 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards
Cotton Australia urges all in the industry to nominate those who deserve recognition for one of the five categories in this year’s Australian Cotton Industry Awards. The awards are a great way to celebrate our industry’s achievements and acknowledge the hard work of everyone in the supply chain. Nominations close March 24, 2017.
Spray drift: learn about the threat of inversions
Paul Grundy and Mary O'Brien have put together a great video highlighting how temperature inversions work, and why they're a risk for off-target spray drift. Click on the link below to watch the video and learn how you can play your part in reducing the threat of drift.
- Watch the video:
- Learn more about spray drift, including the four-point checklist
- Download the Summer Weed Control Best Practice Guide
Kmart Australia the latest brand to take up Aussie cotton
Kmart Australia has become the latest iconic brand to include Australian cotton in its cotton sourcing strategy. The move follows a successful pilot of Australian-grown cotton bedding and premium men’s T-shirts, and research commissioned by Kmart that showed customers believe Australian-grown cotton products are of superior quality and a great way to support Australian jobs and industry.
Cotton represented in corridors of power in Canberra
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay recently made a presentation to more than 100 staff from the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources in Canberra. His presentation, ‘Taking Best Practice to the World’, outlined the organisation’s Cotton To Market promotion initiative and detailed our industry’s R&D investments over the past two decades, plus how the improvement on farm via myBMP has led to global recognition by major brands and retailers.
Queensland growers: register for ChemClear today
Cotton Australia urges Queensland cotton growers to take advantage of ChemClear, which will be collecting unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the state in June 2017. More than 178 tonnes of chemicals have been collected from Queensland since 2006. Farmers and landholders have until April 28, 2017 to register unwanted chemicals online or by ringing the hotline: 1800 008 182.
Cotton On focus on sustainable sourcing
Australian retail giant Cotton On Group is this month focusing an internal campaign on the benefits of sustainable, ethical sourcing, including its policy to source Better Cotton as part of its cotton strategy.
Growers and consultants are urged to remain vigilant for pests, with the Solenopsis mealybug now confirmed in the Macintyre Valley. CottonInfo has great information about how to identify this pest, and what to do.
Plant Health Australia visits Moree
Plant Health Australia (PHA) leads the coordinated response to plant pest and disease incursions. The PHA Board recently took a day out from meetings to head to the field, see cotton operations for themselves and discuss biosecurity issues.
New myBMP-certified growers
The myBMP team congratulates John and Ros Cameron (Bongeen, Qld) and the team at Commins Enterprises (Whitton, NSW) on achieving myBMP certification across their farms and business operations in February.
Qld Youth Boost extended
The Queensland Government has extended its $20,000 Youth Boost employer support program for eight months. The program has already supported 875 businesses to employ 1805 workers in regional Queensland locations. Employers receive up to $20,000 if the workers are aged between 15 and 24 years.
Southern valleys transport forums: March 27 & 28
Cotton Australia is running transport forums for growers and transport contractors in the southern valleys later this month. The forums will feature expert speakers from NSW Roads & Maritime Services, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and local Police Highway Patrol.
Potential for growers to save $$$ - Qld electricity tariff trial
Cotton Australia encourages Queensland growers to participate in the Agricultural Tariff Trial offered by the State Government and Ergon Energy. The trial is designed to help farmers and irrigators prepare for the loss of the transitional tariffs 62, 65 and 66 in 2020, and to help Ergon better understand the potential to offer controlled load and seasonal demand tariffs.
WorkCover focusing on compliance in Queensland
Queensland business owners are reminded that it is compulsory for employers in the state to have an accident insurance policy with WorkCover. If one of your workers is injured at work, they can apply for workers’ compensation no matter whom or what caused their injury, so it’s important to be covered.