Cotton Matters - 10 October 2019

Wednesday, 9th October 2019 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Inaugural World Cotton Day a success

The first ever World Cotton Day was held on Monday, recognising the valuable contribution the international cotton industry makes to communities around the world.

Cotton Australia ran a social media photo competition with the theme ‘Australian cotton – local communities clothing the world’. Matt Norrie (Narrabri) won first place, Sam Collier (Wee Waa) took out second place, and Alyce Bryans (Dalby) won third place for their entries.

Cotton Australia also featured strongly in broadcast and print media on the day, with stories and interviews informing about and celebrating our industry.

Click here to listen to New South Wales cotton grower, and Cotton Australia director, Sue McCutcheon’s interview with Macquarie Media.

Click here to listen to Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray’s interview with the ABC’s Queensland Country Hour (audio at 19:39).

Click here for more information on World Cotton Day


Cotton careers front and centre in Canberra

Cotton Australia recently co-presented at the Career Development Association of Australia’s (CDAA) annual conference in Canberra.

Cotton Australia’s Lucy Brennan, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation’s Trudy Staines,  and Dr Nicole McDonald from the University of Southern Queensland discussed the diverse opportunities that exist for a career in the cotton industry.

During the conference Dr McDonald was also awarded the 2019 Award for Excellence in Research for her leading research into sustainable careers in agriculture.


Cotton Australia welcomes new Education Coordinator

Cotton Australia recently appointed a new Education Coordinator.

Jenny Hughes was appointed to lead the industry’s education program and continue our important engagement with teachers, students and parents across Australia.

Jenny has spent the past eight years as the Senior Education Coordinator at the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales (RAS). Jenny is also a trained primary school teacher and comes to Cotton Australia with a wealth of events management experience.

Jenny hit the ground running two months ago at the Ekka in Brisbane and did a terrific job busting myths about the industry and educating the public on the cotton production process from seed to shirt.

Cotton Australia is pleased to welcome Jenny to the team.


Cotton Australia recruiting for new Southern NSW Regional Manager

Cotton Australia is recruiting for a motivated and energetic team player to service the expanding cotton areas of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, in the position of Regional Manager.

The Regional Manager role supports growers in the implementation of the industry’s best management practice program (myBMP). The successful applicant will also work with Cotton Grower Associations and water user groups to provide a direct link to the industry’s peak grower body, Cotton Australia.

The position will be based within the southern New South Wales cotton growing region and involves extensive travel throughout the region.

For the full job description, please contact Cotton Australia’s General Manager, Michael Murray, on 0427 707 868 or

Applications close COB Monday 21st October 2019.

Click here for more information and to apply


CB Clothing Company tops sales of Aussie cotton

Melbourne-based clothing wholesaler CB Clothing Company is selling more than 100,000 Australian cotton products per month, with plans to further expand the business globally.

According to Managing Director John Storms, part of the success of the business has been due to its ongoing partnership with Cotton Australia.

“We decided early on that we wanted to back Australian cotton by using it in all of our products, and this has really paid off,” Mr Storms said.

“Not only are the products incredibly high-quality and perfect for conventional screen and digital (DTG) printing, our customers like to feel they’re supporting an Australian industry.”

Cotton Australia’s Supply Chain Consultant, Brooke Summers, last month ran a training program for the CB Clothing Company sales team in Melbourne to update staff on the quality, traceability and sustainability credentials of Australian cotton.

“I was amazed at the volume of Australian cotton in a warehouse in Melbourne including t-shirts, hoodies and polos. It was also exciting to learn that some of Australia’s largest sporting groups are using merchandise made from Australian cotton,” she said.

Any industry participant looking for blank, 100% Australian cotton product for uniforms, events or promotions can contact CB Clothing at,  or by phoning (03) 9335 6606.


New climate guides released for farmers

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a new collection of climate guides to better inform regional communities.

The Regional Weather and Climate Guides project is part of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Package that was announced in August 2018.

The project aims to improve the resilience of farming businesses by providing localised facts about the likelihood, severity and duration of key weather variables across the country.

The guides correspond to Australia’s Natural Resource Management regions, which include several key cotton growing regions.

Click here to read the climate guides


Nuffield Scholarship announcement

Cotton Australia congratulates all of the 2020 Nuffield Scholarship recipients, who were announced at an event last month.

Particular congratulations goes to Richard Quigley from Trangie in NSW, whose scholarship is supported by Cotton Australia and CRDC. Richard's research will look at cropping systems and methods to retain more crop residue in zero-tillage farming systems.

Congratulations to fellow cotton grower Billy Browning from Narromine in NSW, who also received a scholarship and will investigate the value-adding of irrigation water and increased utilisation of low-flow water.

Cotton Australia wishes them both all the best as they begin their Nuffield journey.


Prevent spray drift with new crop mapping technology: SataCrop

Growers planting cotton this season are encouraged to use a new tool to reduce the risk of spray drift.

Earlier this year, Cotton Australia announced its partnership with Precision Crop Technologies (PCT) and the release of the SataCrop platform.

After a successful trial at Emerald in Queensland’s Central Highlands, the new mapping tool is now available for the 2019/2020 summer season.

SataCrop is a digital platform that maps all crops, not just cotton, allowing growers and applicators of all products to be better informed before spraying.

The new technology requires growers to only map their fields once and has the ability to import field boundaries from compatible software such as PCT, SST, Farmworks, John Deere and Agworld.

Any growers interested in using SataCrop need to email Ben Boughton at

Learn more about SataCrop


Learn about drought support through free online webinar session

Growers are encouraged to log in to a free webinar session informing around loans, grants and debt advice for drought-affected farmers.

The webinar is being run by financial advisory group Wolters Kluwer and will be held between 1-2pm AEDT on Thursday, October 17th 2019.

The session will cover the state and federal government loans and grants available to drought-affected primary producers.

Register now


Register now for AgTech19: Build it, Use it, Profit

The third annual AgTeCH: Build it, Use it, Profit, a major innovation and technology event for the Australian agricultural community will be held in Emerald on November 6th 2019.

The event will feature interactive expert speaker panels on automation, drones, robotics, IoT and digital connectivity - plus more than 40 exhibitors with working demonstrations.

AgTeCH has been held since 2017, alternating between Emerald and Mungindi.

Each event has sold out with more than 260 people attending.

Register now