Cotton Matters - 11 July 2018

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Fashion brand Jeanswest launches new Aussie Cotton collection

Australian cotton is front and centre in a new fashion range from brand Jeanswest.

The Aussie Cotton collection has been launched by the brand in collaboration with Cotton Australia.

The collection of women’s garments was designed in Melbourne and features woven shirts and the brand’s first Australian cotton knitwear range.

The new collection comes as Jeanswest continues to grow its commitment to traceability and work with Cotton Australia to source local cotton.

Read more about the collection


Cotton communities to benefit from grants program

Nominations have opened for a grants program aiming to boost cotton communities.

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program is in its fifth year and is run by Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

A total of 30 grants of $5000 each are available for projects to be undertaken in cotton communities by non-profit and community organisations.

Read more and submit a project nomination


Australian cotton industry on world stage at BCI conference

Cotton Australia was represented at the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) conference in Belgium this month.

Chairman Simon Corish, CEO Adam Kay, and Manager – Supply Chain Relationships Brooke Summers attended the event and advocated Australian cotton’s sustainability and quality.

The conference was a valuable opportunity for Cotton Australia to continue building international industry connections, which growers will benefit from and will make our industry stronger.

The conference was also the venue for the launch of CottonUp, a new online tool Cotton Australia helped develop, which assists brands and retailers fast track sustainable cotton sourcing.

Read more about CottonUp 


Cotton’s growth discussed at Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay last week presented on the Australian cotton industry at the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference in Darwin.

Mr Kay’s presentation focussed on cotton’s growth in Australia, water use efficiency, and the development of cotton growing regions in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

A meeting was also held with the Northern Territory Agriculture Minister, Ken Vowles, who confirmed his support for GM cotton.

Mr Kay provided the minister with a detailed industry briefing during the meeting.


New era in water management begins in St George

Cotton Australia has welcomed the transition to Local Management Arrangements (LMA) in St George, from former SunWater channel schemes to Mallawa Irrigation.

It has been a six-year process to get to this point, with Mallawa Irrigation officially commencing business on July 1st, 2018.

Management of SunWater’s irrigation channel scheme water assets now shifts under LMA to management by local groups.

Read more about the transition

Growers and school leavers encouraged to connect through Cotton Gap program

Cotton growers are encouraged to be a part of Cotton Australia’s Cotton Gap program and employ a school leaver at their farm.

The program, now in its third year, sees school leavers employed by growers as operational staff for 12 months.

In what is a valuable opportunity, the program helps students learn about the cotton industry and develop pathways to remain in the sector.

Growers receive an opportunity to teach the next generation, while having an extra pair of hands to help around the farm.

Learn more about Cotton Gap

Register your interest in participating


Have your say: Regional Telecommunications Review

Cotton growers are encouraged to have their say on regional telecommunications issues, as part of a formal governmental review.

The Federal Government is conducting its triennial review into regional telecommunications and consultation is currently underway.

Cotton Australia is encouraging growers, community members and businesses to share with the Committee their experiences with telecommunications. 

Because the formal review is only conducted every three years, it is vitally important for cotton growers and their communities to engage and submit feedback, as it has the potential to set a new model for telecommunications in Australia’s rural, regional and remote areas. 

Cotton Australia will be providing a written submission to the review. Please contact Cotton Australia’s Angela Bradburn if you would like to put your valuable views and experiences forward.

You can also complete the National Farmers’ Federation survey, the results of which will be used by Cotton Australia and NFF to put the best case forward, to drive significant improvements in telecommunications for our industry and communities.

Read more about the review

Complete the survey now

Share your views with Cotton Australia


David Jones suppliers hear directly from cotton grower Richard Malone

Southern Aggregation Manager for Customised Farm Management, Richard Malone, recently presented a webinar to more than 30 suppliers to David Jones, including leading brands and retailers.

Organised by Cotton Australia as part of the Cotton To Market strategy, the purpose was to share the cotton farming story and encourage brands to start sourcing cotton from Australia.

“As growers, we’re very passionate about the cotton we produce and how we do it.  The industry is so much more sustainable than it used to be a decade ago and it’s a great story to be able to share,” Mr Malone said.

“To have top-end brands demanding sustainable cotton is the ultimate accolade for Australian producers. It starts to give them the recognition they deserve for all their hard work, efforts and money invested into research and programs such as myBMP.”

Cotton Australia’s Supply Chain Relationships Manager, Brooke Summers, also presented to the group. A number of brands have since followed up and are keen to start sourcing cotton from Australia.


Book your ticket now to Australian Cotton Industry Awards

The Australian Cotton Industry Awards are on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre, coinciding with the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference.

Time is running out to nominate people for inclusion in the Australian Cotton Industry Awards’ Roll of Honour.

You're encouraged to nominate people for the Roll of Honour who have retired or passed away within the last few years, with nominations open until July 13th via the Cotton Awards website.

Nominate now

Book your Australian Cotton Industry Awards ticket here


Farm safety week an opportunity to review practices

National Farm Safety Week is next week, and growers are encouraged to review their safety policies.

The week is an awareness project of Farmsafe Australia and aims to increase attention around improving safe farming practices.

It has been reported that last year 68 people died in farming accidents, and compensation from non-fatal injuries cost an estimated $100 million.

Growers are encouraged to review their safety procedures and brush up on their knowledge with myBMP’s WHS module.

Read more about myBMP’s WHS module


New device launched to ease mobile blackspot burden

A possible solution for growers struggling with mobile blackspots has been launched.

Telstra has recently launched its smaller, lower cost version of a standard mobile base station called 4GX-lite Mobile Satellite Small Cell.

It’s hoped the device will ease the pain of growers who struggle to obtain connectivity for voice calling, email, messaging and basic data; however the device is not intended for data-heavy operations like video streaming.

Cotton Australia is continuing its work on telecommunications policy and advocating for growers affected by poor connectivity, and is an active participant in the Rural Regional and Remote Communication Coalition. 

Read more about Cotton Australia’s telecommunications work

Cotton Young Farming Champion takes technology to the farm

Keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology is often a challenge, but Cotton Young Farming Champion Casey Onus is keeping growers abreast of changes in big data and farm-based technology including drones.

“Big data helps to make the agricultural industry, as a whole, more efficient,” Casey says. “By monitoring and collecting various forms of on-farm data we can really tweak efficiencies. This enables us to minimise the overuse of fertilisers and other products, and responsibly manage our environmental impact well into the future.”

At the recent Tocal Field Days in NSW, Casey presented on drone technology being used in agriculture.

Casey will continue sharing the Australian cotton story and information around agricultural technology when she goes into schools as part of this year’s Archibull Prize <<links to: >> run by Art4Agriculture. She will be working with students from Oxley High School, Irrawang High School, Raymond Terrace Public School and Muswellbrook High, and she will foster relationships between the community and the cotton industry.

Read the full story


Nuffield Australia conference dates announced

Nuffield Australia has announced details of its 2018 National Conference. The conference will run from September 18-20 in Melbourne.

The event brings Nuffield scholars, scholarship investors, and the wider agricultural industry together. The theme of the conference will be ‘Produce Change’.

The conference will include presentations from the 2017 Nuffield scholars, and the announcement of the 2019 scholarship recipients.

Registrations for the event open in the coming week.

Read more about the 2018 National Conference