Rural women ready to shine after graduating from leadership course
Sixty-five women from rural New South Wales are ready to make a difference in their communities after graduating from a new leadership and professional development course for the cotton and grains industries.
The Generating Regionally Outstanding Women (GROW) course is a professional development and leadership program for regional women. The course boosts the participants’ leadership, management, communication, and networking skills, and provides tools to improve Work Health and Safety and staff management in their businesses.
A total of 104 participants completed the GROW program this year, and 65 of those women attended a graduation ceremony in Sydney last week to celebrate their achievements.
Cotton Australia participates in National Traceability Project
Approximately 70 per cent of Australia's agricultural produce is exported, and effective traceability systems are critical for access to these export markets.
Cotton Australia’s Sarah Clarry recently joined representatives from Australia’s other agricultural industries in a National Traceability Project Co-design Workshop, designed to give stakeholders input into the design of a national framework.
The goal of the Traceability project, to be completed by mid-2019, is to enhance trust in Australian-grown products and give agricultural producers an edge in a competitive global environment.
Cotton Australia advocates for growers at BCI meeting in Thailand
Cotton Australia voiced the views of our industry at the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) implementing partners meeting in Thailand last week.
Policy Officer Angela Bradburn travelled to the meeting in Phuket, advocating for the Australian cotton industry and sharing our perspectives on important issues relevant to BCI.
The focus of the meeting was on empowering women, children’s rights and disadvantaged groups. The meeting addressed how countries are tackling those issues and supporting those causes via BCI principles.
Other conversations at the meeting focussed on BCI’s new strategy and plans.
Last chance to apply for Cotton20 leadership program
Time is running out for growers to apply for Cotton Australia’s new Cotton20 Leadership Program.
The program is a mid-high level leadership course for growers wanting to develop their knowledge, skills and networks to better lead, advocate and influence change across the cotton industry.
The program is ideally suited to those who have been involved in Future Cotton Leaders or another entry-level leadership program.
Applications close on Friday, 14th December 2018.
Interested growers are encouraged to contact Cotton Australia for further information and an application form.
Regional Telecommunications Review recommendations welcomed
The federal government has released its triennial assessment of telecommunications in regional Australia, the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.
Earlier this year Cotton Australia provided a submission to the review, advocating on the telecommunications issues affecting cotton growers.
The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC), of which Cotton Australia is a member, welcomed the report’s findings.
The study recommended the government take action on improving digital literacy, improving broadband and mobile services in areas of high economic, social and public safety significance, and boosting data limits for regional customers.
The RRRCC has called on the government to implement all of the review’s recommendations.
CGA windows for Silverleaf Whitefly announced
Industry data from Silverleaf Whitefly (SLW) resistance monitoring showed a rapid increase in pyriproxyfen resistance in the 2016-17 season, which continues to be a concern.
To reduce the risk of SLW developing widespread pyriproxyfen resistance and potential product failure, Cotton Growers’ Associations (excluding Central Queensland) have nominated a voluntary 30-day window for each region in which pyriproxyfen can be applied.
The aim of narrowing the pyriproxyfen window is to minimise consecutive generations of SLW being exposed to resistance selection and ensure the product is being applied once per season when most effective.
Disease surveys underway in cotton valleys
Annual early-season disease surveys are underway in some cotton valleys.
Surveys are being conducted in the Border Rivers and Gwydir valleys, while studies in central Queensland, southern NSW, the Macquarie and the Namoi have been completed.
The surveys are important in determining the incidence and severity of endemic cotton diseases in regions, and it is hoped the information will allow for improved advice on disease management strategies to be provided to growers.
CottonInfo’s Regional Extension Officers are on hand during the surveys to inform on a local valley’s disease problems and provide advice to growers on disease management best practice.
Fill your stockings with Australian cotton gifts this Christmas
Do you need ideas for what to buy family and friends this Christmas? If so, look no further than an Australian cotton product!
Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market team works with fashion brands to source and use Australian cotton in their products, and also helps them tell the Australia cotton story through their marketing campaigns.
We’ve compiled a handy list of the Australian cotton products on the market for you to consider when shopping this festive season.
Share your views - 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey
Growers are being encouraged to take part in the 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey.
The annual study is conducted by the University of Canberra and works to understand and tackle the issues impacting the wellbeing and quality of life of regional Australians.
Completing the anonymous survey gives growers the opportunity to have their say on issues including the changing nature of communities, health and wellbeing.
This year’s study will focus on people’s experiences of drought and drought support.
The survey closes on December 14th 2018.
Queensland growers: stay updated on CSG issues with GasApp
Growers in Queensland affected by Coal Seam Gas negotiations can download a new app to stay informed on the issue.
The GasApp has been developed by GasFields Commission Queensland.
Through the app, growers can connect with GasFields Commission Queensland to submit questions, concerns, locations and photos, and also receive news alerts about the gas industry.
Have your say: improving water risk management
Growers are encouraged to take part in a university survey looking at improving water risk management.
The University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures is studying how the financial sector can better support and reward growers for improved water risk management.
The output from this research will be used by academics, policy makers and bank professionals to improve financial and environmental risk decision making, specifically around water scarcity.
Growers who complete the survey will go in the running to win one of one of five $200 shopping vouchers or a pair of R.M. Williams Boots. For each completed survey, $10 will be donated to the CWA Drought Relief Fund.
When filling out the survey, growers should use the ID: CRDC