Cotton Matters - 1 August 2019

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Water, climate change and research the focus at the 2019 Cotton Collective

Hundreds of people attended the successful 2019 Australian Cotton Collective in Griffith last week.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay has thanked all who attended and presented at the two-day forum.

“The event was a valuable opportunity for our world-leading industry to come together and hear from a range of informative speakers,” Mr Kay said.

“The Southern Valleys Cotton Growers Association welcomed growers and industry representatives to their region with open arms, with the local district tour and welcome drinks both very positive and well attended events,” Mr Kay said.

This year’s Cotton Collective featured a water forum with speakers from National Irrigators’ Council, New South Wales Irrigators’ Council, the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, the Wentworth Group and the New South Wales Department of Industry. Each of the key stakeholders presented Cotton Collective delegates with the latest factual information on water issues.

The forum also covered climate change, research and development, new products and services, and how to position Australian cotton in the world fibre market.

The event coincided with the 2019 Cotton Trade Show which featured about 75 exhibitors.

Destination NSW was a strategic sponsor of the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective.

High achievers recognised at the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards

The excellence and achievements of the Australian cotton industry over the past year were recognised at the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards held in Griffith last week.

Tom and Charm Arnott from Boggabilla in New South Wales received the Bayer Grower of the Year award, recognising their efficient and effective farm management practices at their properties “Fairfield” and “Tambalaka”.

Australian Food and Fibre’s Moree farm manager, Murray Connor, was recognised for his commitment to innovation and passion for the cotton industry by receiving the ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year award.

One Tree Agriculture farm managers Jamie Traill and Ashley Tunks, of Warra in Queensland, were awarded the AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year award for their excellence and innovation in the cotton industry.

The Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd Researcher of the Year award was presented to Dr Linda Smith from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for her work studying cotton pathology.

The IPF Service to Industry award was presented to one of the industry’s longest serving regionally-based cotton extension officers, Kieran O’Keeffe.

Read more here.

New Directors join Cotton Australia’s Board

The Cotton Australia Board met in Griffith last week for the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

Two new Directors joined the Cotton Australia Board – Arthur Spellson (nominated by Auscott Limited) and Rob Dugdale (nominated by the Lower Namoi Cotton Growers’ Association).

Hamish McIntyre was returned as Chair and Nigel Burnett was returned as Deputy Chair.

Cotton Australia’s Board is comprised of:

  • Hamish McIntyre (Chair), grower, St George, Queensland
  • Nigel Burnett (Deputy Chair), grower, Emerald, Queensland
  • Fleur Anderson, grower, Theodore, Queensland
  • Bernie Bierhoff, grower, Rowena, New South Wales
  • Bob Dall'Alba, industry representative, Queensland
  • Rob Dugdale, industry representative, Lower Namoi Cotton Growers' Association
  • Susan McCutcheon, grower, Narromine, New South Wales
  • Matt McVeigh, grower, Dalby, Queensland
  • Arthur Spellson, industry representative, Auscott Limited, New South Wales
  • Peter Tuohey, grower Carrathool, New South Wales

Approved gins with trash available updated following the 2019 harvest

After rigorous testing, a number of gins have been approved to supply cotton gin trash following the 2019 harvest.

The strict protocol developed in conjunction with the red meat industry will ensure livestock fed cotton trash continue to meet Australia’s Food Standards, as well as the requirements of more than 100 markets globally for Australian red meat.

Producers are encouraged to consult the list of approved gins on Cotton Australia’s website.

For more information on the approval process of gin trash use, including frequently asked questions and necessary paperwork click here.

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Ekka in Brisbane this month

Cotton Australia is looking for cotton growers to help man the stall at the 2019 Royal Queensland Show (the Ekka).

The exhibit in the Agricultural Hall will aim to educate the public, increase trust and appreciation for the industry, and provide further information and facts to bust some myths about Australian cotton.

The Ekka runs from Friday 9th August 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019.

If you are attending the show this year, please consider volunteering on the cotton stand for a few hours.

Contact Cotton Australia on 02 9669 5222 or lucyb@cotton.org.au for more information and to register your interest.

Growers encouraged to complete the AgSkilled Survey

New South Wales cotton and grain growers are being encouraged to have their say about the impact of the AgSkilled initiative in meeting the training needs of their respective industries.

The three-year program has already delivered training to more than 3,000 learners, covering topics such as advanced chemical training, precision agriculture, leadership, professional development, governance, drones in agriculture and a range of safety courses.

Complete the survey now.

Cotton Australia Represented at Asia-Pacific Sustainable Fashion Round Table

Cotton Australia’s Brooke Summers last week joined a group of fashion and manufacturing industry representatives from Australia and Hong Kong, in a round table discussion about sustainable fashion and the circular economy.

Held in Melbourne by Creative Victoria, the group shared knowledge with the aim to uncover opportunities to connect both countries through common interests in sustainable fashion.

“The delegation from Hong Kong included its only spinning mill, government representatives, designers, brands and manufacturers.  It was a great opportunity to ensure farmers and raw materials had a voice at the table, and it was clear that Australian cotton was held in high regard,” Brooke said.

“The event was also an opportunity to educate those with more limited knowledge of our sustainability story outside our usual range of stakeholders,” she said.

78th International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Plenary meeting to be held in Brisbane

The 78th International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Plenary meeting will be held in Brisbane from the 2nd – 5th of December 2019.

ICAC members from many of the 77 countries that produce cotton will come together in Brisbane to meet with Australian cotton growers, ginners, shippers, marketers, analysts, policy makers, textile manufacturers, agricultural suppliers and investment bankers.

Australian cotton growers are invited to participate in the conference free of charge. To take up this offer, simply email CRDC at: comms@crdc.com.au

The event is brought to you by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Cotton Australia, and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association.

For more information, click here.

Funding available for women’s leadership development


Funding has just been released to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s agriculture sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation and Change, and Emotional Intelligence and Conflict.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women in the agriculture sector.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 13th September.