2019 Australian Cotton Collective

The 2019 Australian Cotton Collective will be held in Griffith, NSW on July 24th and 25th 2019. 

The event brings the industry together for a series of informativen speaker sessions, panel forums, and trade show, and culminates with the gala Australian Cotton Industry Awards.

Destination NSW is a Strategic Sponsor of the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective.

Click here to buy tickets to the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective and associated events.

Pre-Collective events

  • Tuesday, July 23rd 2019 – Local district tour organised by the Southern Valleys CGA.
    • Visit local farming enterprises that have state-of-the-art irrigation systems and produce a variety of commodities, including almonds, cod fish, cotton, forestry crops, olives and prunes.
    • Time: 8am-5pm
    • Where: Buses will be departing and returning to from the Griffith Tourist Information Centre - 1 Jondaryan Avenue, Griffith.
    • RSVPs are essential, and are due by July 12th 2019. Contact Daisy Toscan on 0404 823 707, or via email: admin@svcga.com.au
    • Click here to buy tickets to the local district tour.
  • Tuesday, July 23rd 2019 – 2019 Australian Cotton Collective Welcome reception.

Cotton Collective Trade Show

The Australian Cotton Collective Trade Show will be from July 24th – 25th 2019.

Exhibitors can download the Exhibitor Information Brochure below, which will provide you with site costings and layouts (both indoor and outdoor), and a booking form.

For more information, contact Trade Show Coordinator Brian O’Connell – phone: 0413 130 777 or email: brianoconnell@bigpond.com


2019 Australian Cotton Collective program

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

Time Session
7.30am – 8.30am


8.30am – 8.50am

Welcome - Hamish McIntyre

Cotton Australia’s Achievements and ChallengesAdam Kay

8.50am – 10.25am

What is happening to the climate? - Professor Mark Howden, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University;

What the Cotton Industry is doing about climate change?Dr Katie Broughton, CSIRO, Dr Mike Bange, CSIRO

10.50am – 12.30pm

Water Forum

Australian Water Policy – A National Perspective​Steve Whan, CEO, National Irrigators' Council; 

The Basin Plan – Just Where is it Up ToPhillip Glyde, CEO MDBA; 

What is Happening with our Environmental Water?, Hilton Taylor, Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office

12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm 

Water Forum

How can we Achieve the Twin Goals of Productive Irrigated Agriculture and an Improved Riparian Environment?, Dr Jamie Pittock, The Wentworth Group;

NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy – What is it, and where is it up to?, Dan Connor, NSW Dept of Industry 

NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy – A Grower Perspective, Jim Cush - Chair, NSW Irrigators' Council

3.00pm – 3.20pm Cotton to Market programBrooke Summers, Supply Chain Consultant Cotton to Market Program, Cotton Australia
3.20pm – 3.38pm Better Cotton Initiative – What’s happening in Australia and the USA?Scott Exo, Head of Field Performance & Large Farm Countries, BCI
3.30pm - 3.50pm Afternoon tea
3.50pm - 4.20pm 2017 Cotton Australia Nuffield Scholar – My Key Learnings – Opportunities in Northern AustraliaLuke McKay
4.00pm – 5.00pm CSD Ambassador Site Trial ResultsJames Quinn

Thursday, July 25th 2019

Time Session
8.30am – 9am Registration
9.00am – 9.10am New Product - AJS Machinery - QuickDraw Spray Tender System 
9.10am – 9.20am New Product - Zero Emissions Developments (ZED) – Agricultural waste biomass gasification and cogeneration
9.20am – 9.30am New Product - Yara Australia – Atfarm precision fertilisation
9.30am - 9.40am “Internet of Things, the Farm  and LoRaWAN” – A Grower’s Perspective
9.40am – 9.50am New Product - OneCrop – pre-emergent degradable agricultural films
9.50am – 10.00am New Product - BioAg - Fermented liquid cultures
10.00am - 10.10am New Product - ADAMA Australia - Trapview predictive network
10.10am – 10.30am

Bayer/Monsanto Weed SurveyKeryn McLean, Monsanto/Bayer 

10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea
11.00am – 11.20am Automating On-Farm Irrigation Systems – A Grower’s PerspectiveBen Witham, Coleambally/Darlington Point
11.20am – 11.30am Mapping our Cotton Crop – A New Approach, Paul Sloman, Cotton Australia
11.30am –12.00pm

What’s new in energy technologies: how can cheap solar power help in a future cotton system?Jon Welsh

12.00pm – 12.25pm  Five Trends that are Going to Drive Cotton Productivity Growth Over the Next DecadeMike Bange, CSIRO
12.25pm – 12.30pm Closing remarks
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30pm  Cotton101


Click here to buy tickets to the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective and associated events.

Key speakers

Speaker Bio Session - date and time

Steve Whan, CEO, National Irrigators Council

Steve Whan has been CEO of the National Irrigators' Council since January 2017.
He is also a trustee and Deputy Chairman of ClubPlus superannuation, an industry super fund managing more than $3.6 billion in members funds.
Steve was the member for Monaro in the NSW Parliament between 2003 and 2011, and member of the NSW Legislative Council from 2011 to 2015. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Minister holding portfolios including (at various times) Primary Industries, Rural Affairs, Emergency Services, Small Business and, from 2011 to 2015, Shadow Minister for portfolios including Primary Industries, Rural Water and Police.
Steve has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics, Graduate Certificate in Management and is a Graduate of the AICD company directors course.

Water Forum - Wednesday 24th July 2019, 11.15 – 12.45pm

Hilton Taylor, Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office

Hilton Taylor has more than 25 years’ experience in forestry, natural resource management and international development work, including periods in both the private and public sectors. His current position includes oversight and planning of Commonwealth environmental watering activities across the southern connected basin. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Hilton worked for state and territory governments, URS Consulting, and as a contractor for AusAID and the World Bank.

Water Forum - Wednesday 24th July 2019, 11.15 – 12.45pm

Professor Jamie Pittock, The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

Dr Jamie Pittock (BSc, Monash; PhD, ANU) is Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. Jamie worked for environmental organisations in Australia and internationally from 1989-2007, including as Director of WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme from 2001-2007. His research from 2007 has focussed on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on irrigation in Africa, hydropower and food production in the Mekong region, and sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Dr Pittock teaches courses on environment and society as well as on climate change adaptation.

Water Forum - Wednesday 24th July 2019, 1.45 – 3.15pm

Phillip Glyde, CEO, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Phillip Glyde has been the Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority since January 2016.  Immediately prior to this Phillip worked for the Department of Agriculture for nine years where he had responsibility for:

Agriculture, fisheries and forestry policy and progress;
International trade and market access;
The regulation of live animal exports;
Export certification services for food; and
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Phillip joined the Australian Public Service in 1980 and has worked on natural resource management, industry and environment policies in a number of Australian government departments and overseas.

At a national level Phillip has worked in the departments of:

Prime Minister and Cabinet;
Environment; and
Resources and Energy.

Phillip has also worked at the resource Assessment Commission and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation (CSIRO).

Phillip has also worked overseas. In the mid 1980s he worked for the Environment Directorate of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and in the late 90 was seconded to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom.

Phillip has an Honours Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the Australian National University.

Water Forum - Wednesday 24th July 2019, 11.15 – 12.45pm

Come along to the Cotton 101 session

As part of the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective, a ‘Cotton 101’ session will be held for new and prospective cotton growers.

The session will provide essential information about getting started in the industry and the requirements of cotton growers.

2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards

The Australian cotton industry will recognise its high achievers from the last year at the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.

The Awards will be held on Wednesday, 24th July 2019 in Griffith.

Read more information about the Awards now

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