The following training is either mandatory (by law) or required as part of compliance with the cotton industry’s Best Management Practices program.
ChemCert accreditation provides the mandatory training required under the NSW Pesticides Act (not compulsory in Qld, but highly recommended) and includes chemical safety rules, preparation and application of chemicals and the transportation, handling and storage of chemicals. It also enables users to meet their obligations under the Best Management Practices Program.
For a listing of accredited ChemCert training providers and more information on course contents, please go to www.chemcert.org.au
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Short Course
This short course is available by request. It includes the principles for how to implement an IPM program on farm, insectocology in cotton including sucking and chewing pests and how to control them, developing communication plans with cotton consultants and management of cotton in sensitive areas.
For more information, or to express interest in this course please contact the Cotton Industry Training Coordinator, Mark Hickman on (07) 4688 1206.
Field to Fabric Short Course
This training course is designed to give participants an overview of the entire cotton pipeline from the farm to predicting fabric performance. The course runs over three days at the CSIRO in Geelong, Victoria and is designed for people who are involved in any part of the cotton industry from grower to technologist. It aims to give a better understanding of how segments of the industry operate and how each relates to one another.
For more information, please go to www.csiro.au/events/pe8f or contact Rene van Der Sluijs on (03) 5246 4738.
Cotton and Grains Irrigation Course
A series of workshops focusing on irrigation benchmarking, budgeting, scheduling and storage and distribution systems are available through the Cotton CRC Water Extension Team. The workshops are run in the field and are aimed at providing participants with a wide range of practical skills in water use efficiency. The workshops are aligned with the Cotton BMP Land and Water Module and can contribute towards obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.
For more information please visit www.cottonandgrains.irrigationfutures.org.au or to express interest in these workshops please contact your Cotton Water Use Efficiency Team Member (contact details are at www.cottoncrc.org.au)