Four Corners update
Since the screening of the Four Corners program ‘Pumped’ over a fortnight ago, the Australian irrigation industry and the cotton industry has been under sustained pressure from a number of environmental NGOs, media and some politicians. Cotton Australia, and many irrigator groups, has taken the deliberate decision not to engage in a debate via the mainstream media. Instead, Cotton Australia has been gathering the facts, engaging with growers and briefing key decision makers to put our position forward and correct the inaccuracies that have appeared in the media over the past fortnight.
Highlights from the Cotton Collective
More than 500 cotton growers from across Queensland and NSW flocked to Griffith (NSW) for the Cotton Collective from July 26-27 to discuss issues of importance facing the cotton industry and catch up on the latest developments in Australian agriculture. Presentations from both days are now available online.
Australian Cotton Industry Awards recipients announced
More than 380 growers and industry representatives gathered on July 26 to celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards. For the first time in the history of the Awards, recipients were announced in a ceremony held in Griffith, NSW. Each year, the Awards program recognises excellence and achievement in Australia’s cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists and researchers.
Australian cotton profiled in BCI Annual Report
Nigel and Beth Burnett (‘Colorada Cotton’, Emerald, Queensland) are profiled in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Annual Report for 2016, sharing their sustainability story with BCI’s 900+ members. The Burnetts are profiled alongside WWF, M&S, Cotton On, C&A, and Woolworths (South Africa). The Report also highlights BCI’s global reach in 23 countries, across 5 continents, which amounts to 12% of global cotton production.
Have your say: area-wide management plans for Silverleaf whitefly
The Cotton Australia-facilitated TIMS (Transgenic and Insect Management Strategies) Committee recently wrote to each Southern CGA (excluding Central Queensland) to request grower feedback on a regional 30-day window for pyriproxyfen application to address emerging resistance risks for Silverleaf whitefly (SLW). Growers are encouraged to discuss the issue directly with their local CGA representatives (noting that the process has already taken place in some valleys).
Broadband performance monitoring: call for volunteers
In the last few months, both the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and CHOICE have embarked on monitoring projects in recognition of the significant issues consumers have been experiencing when selecting and using internet services. There is a critical need for accurate, independent and comparable information on performance. Both projects are currently calling for expressions of interest from potential volunteers.
Cotton Pest Management short course: register now
NSW growers are invited to participate in the Cotton Pest Management short course: an interactive, thought-provoking course for cotton industry personnel who want to better understand the cotton crop and cotton pest management. Locations include Moree, Gunnedah, Burren Junction, Warren and Griffith. Numbers are strictly limited and registration is essential. Register now to avoid disappointment. This course has been developed and delivered by CottonInfo and Tocal College, and made possible through funding from the NSW Government’s AgSkilled program for the cotton and grains industries.
NSW spray workshops: register now
Spray workshops – open to all farmers – will be held this month at Warren and Narromine (August 14), Condobolin (August 15), Hillston and Darlington Point (August 16) and Wagga Wagga (August 17). The workshops will provide growers the latest updates prior to the season.
Darling Downs growers: have your say on waste-water project
As many growers will be aware, there have been a number of serious attempts to develop a viable proposal to bring Brisbane’s waste water through the Lockyer Valley and onto the Darling Downs for productive use over the past few decades. Cotton Australia requests the input of Darling Downs growers to help establish potential demand for this additional water. An informal consortium of industry organisations, including Cotton Australia, AgForce, Queensland Farmers' Federation and Central Downs Irrigators Limited, has secured access to a funding grant to conduct a feasibility study for the project under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
20 Million Trees round three funding now open
The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Program. Applications are invited for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive). There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted, however this is the third, and final, 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round. Applications close on August 15, 2017.
RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships are now open
Students of any age across a diverse range of tertiary or vocation, education and training studies who require a financial helping hand to complete their studies can now apply for an RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship. Applicants will need to demonstrate a keen interest in community involvement and will be passionate about playing a part in shaping the future of rural and regional NSW. Applications close September 30, 2017.