Thousands learn about Australian cotton at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
Cotton Australia’s presence at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show has been a resounding success.
Cotton Australia joined with the University of New England to present the facts and teach about our industry with a stand in one of the show’s pavilions.
Tens of thousands of showgoers visited the stand and engaged in discussions to learn how the fibre is grown and our environmental credentials.
Cotton Australia particularly thanks the growers who took the time to help manage the stand and advocate for our industry.
Growers encouraged to share cotton industry’s federal election priorities
With the federal election campaign in full swing, growers are encouraged to read Cotton Australia’s federal election policy platform.
The National Policy Priorities document includes our key asks for federal politicians to respond and commit to during the election campaign.
The key policy areas in our election platform are water security, research and development, essential services (energy, telecommunications, transport), and workforce, education and training.
Growers and industry members are strongly encouraged to share information about our industry and our National Policy Priorities on social media and use the hashtag #ISupportAussieCotton.
NSW growers: improve your work practices with Farm Safety Week in Moree
Growers in the Moree area are encouraged to attend an upcoming training initiative.
The Farm Safety Week will be held from May 21st - 31st, and is an initiative of AgSkilled, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Tocal College.
Courses on offer will include, among others, Precision Agronomy, Working at Heights, License to Operate a Forklift, and Confined Spaces.
How to avoid contamination at picking time
Growers are being encouraged to take steps to avoid contamination of their cotton at picking time.
Australian cotton is known globally for being one of the least contaminated cottons in the world; therefore, any contamination of our crop lowers the value of the product and could damage our industry’s reputation.
One of the biggest contaminants in Australian cotton is plastic wrap scraps from pickers that produce round modules.
The CottonInfo team has developed a tip sheet for reducing contamination, which growers are encouraged to consult before picking.
New transport requirements in effect
A new National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice is now in place across large parts of regional Australia.
The new Notice removes the need to apply for permits to move many agricultural combinations on public roads.
In a media release, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Executive Director Freight and Supply Chain Productivity, Peter Caprioli, said the new Notice simplifies the movement of large agricultural equipment and provides clearer guidelines for primary producers.
Mr Caprioli said growers should check the Operator’s Guide and online maps to learn whether they still require a permit to move a vehicle.
Ritemate Workwear launches Australian cotton range
For the first time, Australian cotton growers will be able to head out to work in workwear made from 100% Australian-grown cotton.
Cotton Australia's Cotton To Market team has been working with the brand to help them on their journey of using Australian cotton.
Ritemate Workwear has enjoyed explosive growth in the Australian workwear market in recent years and is excited to launch an all-Australian cotton range this month under their Ritemate and Pilbara Collection labels.
The company’s General Manager, David Mair, said Ritemate is a home-grown clothing company that prioritises quality, comfort and fabric performance in its products, so Australian cotton was a natural fit.
Industry-funded research on show
An Australian cotton industry-funded research project has been showcased to a large number of people.
University of New England researcher Dr Rhiannon Smith is working on a project that’s aiming to restore the natural habitat of birds, bats and other beneficials on cotton farms.
The research is funded by the Australian cotton industry and is using drones to fire native tree seeds and fertiliser into suitable farmland.
Dr Smith informed showgoers at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show of her research, and spoke with ABC Radio to inform a broader audience of the innovative research work being undertaken by the cotton industry.