myBMP program

  • Australia’s cotton industry implements a successful best management practices program called myBMP.
  • myBMP covers 10 key areas of farm operations.
  • myBMP provides the industry with a range of benefits, including safer farms operating at the highest social and environmental levels.

myBMP (Best Management Practices) is a farm and environmental management program for cotton growers, to ensure Australian cotton is produced according to best practice.

The original BMP program began in 1997 and was reviewed and redeveloped in 2006-07. The current online system re-launched in 2010 as myBMP.

The program has seen widespread adoption across the industry, and myBMP allows growers and industry to access the latest technical data and research, find solutions to challenges, and provides practical tools to help growers operate at maximum efficiency.

Some of the myBMP program’s benefits include developing safer farm workplaces and healthier natural environments, reducing input costs, ensuring farm businesses are better run, and improving community health.

The myBMP program also assists cotton growers in keeping pesticide use to a minimum, controlling weeds and diseases, maximising water use efficiency, improving soil health, and protecting and retaining native animals and vegetation.

Key topics covered in myBMP

Under myBMP, cotton farmers assess, document, and monitor their performance in 10 key areas of farm operations. They are then audited against five core modules, as well as a module chosen at random. The modules include:

Biosecurity

for prevention, management and control of pests and diseases.

Energy and Input Efficiency

for more efficient energy inputs, such as electricity and fuel.

Fibre Quality

for growing the best quality cotton possible.

Human Resources and Work Health and Safety

helps growers manage employees and contractors whilst providing a safe and compliant workplace.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

for management of pests, weeds and diseases.

Sustainable Natural Landscape

for managing the vegetation and riparian assets on your farm

Pesticide Management

for all aspects of pesticide management, storage and use on-farm.

Petrochemical Storage and Handling

for managing fuels and lubricants on-farm.

Soil Health

for maintaining and/or improving soil quality and fertility.

Water Management

covering water quality, efficiency of storage and distribution for both dryland and irrigated farming practices.

Links with Better Cotton Initiative boosting industry

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. In 2014, Cotton Australia signed a landmark agreement with the BCI on behalf of Australia’s cotton industry where cotton grown on myBMP-accredited farms can now be sold internationally as ‘Better Cotton’. In 2019, more than 20% of Australia’s cotton production was Better Cotton.

The myBMP program is now aligned with six international sustainability programs:

Better Cotton Initiative

CottonLEADS

Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

International Trade Centre (ITC) Sustainability Map

The Textile Exchange

Forum for the Future, CottonUP Guide

Learn more about myBMP