Cotton Australia member representatives briefed on key activities and achievements
Representatives of Cotton Australia’s member bodies met in Brisbane recently for an update on the peak body’s activities.
Cotton Australia’s General Meetings are held biannually and bring representatives from across the industry together so the views of growers – via their nominated member representatives – can have direct input into the policies, strategic direction and operations of Cotton Australia.
The meeting coincided with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation’s research priorities forum.
Discussions at Cotton Australia’s meeting focussed on key activities and policy areas, including: water, spray drift, workforce, telecommunications, biosecurity, transport and energy.
Representatives also received a detailed presentation on Cotton Australia’s comprehensive plan around rebuilding trust in the industry.
For more information on the outcomes of the meeting, and to receive a copy of the Member’s Memo, growers should contact their Cotton Grower Association representative.
Cotton Australia convenes sustainability forum for stakeholders
More than 100 brands, retailers and NGOs came together with cotton scientists, farmers and industry to learn about Australia’s sustainable cotton industry at a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Forum in Sydney in late May.
The event was headlined by a global sustainability leader, Michael Kobori, from Levi Strauss & Co., who addressed the group about his company's sustainability journey and its involvement with the Better Cotton Initiative.
Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market program manager, Brooke Summers, said the forum also heard from leading Australian cotton scientists about the work that underpins the Better Cotton principles around climate change, soil health, water and biodiversity.
Tickets to Australian Cotton Collective, Awards on sale
Final preparations are underway for next month’s Australian Cotton Collective and Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
The Collective will take place in Griffith on July 24th – 25th 2019.
The Australian Cotton Industry Awards will be held on the evening of Wednesday, July 24th 2019.
The Southern Valleys Cotton Growers’ Association has organised a local industry tour on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 between 8am and 5pm.
myBMP recognised by ITC Sustainability Map
The Australian cotton myBMP standard was recently included in the International Trade Centre (ITC) Sustainability Map, a new online platform enabling businesses around the world to trade more sustainably.
The myBMP program went through a rigorous assessment to ensure it met with ITC’s strict criteria, and now sits alongside more than 230 sustainability standards covering many agricultural commodities including cotton.
Cotton Australia’s myBMP Manager, Rick Kowitz, said these types of initiatives elevate the Australian cotton certification program globally.
“As almost all Australian cotton is exported, it’s critical that our environmental certification program is promoted in global networks such as the ITC Sustainability Map,” Rick said.
“Cotton Australia will be looking at other potential partnerships and alliances that will provide third-party, independent endorsement of the work we’re doing here in Australia. These provide even more assurance that Cotton LEADS cotton from Australia is produced at the highest standard.”
New federal ministers appointed
Cotton Australia is looking forward to advocating for our industry to the new federal ministers covering primary industries issues.
Senator Bridget McKenzie has been appointed Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud has retained the Water portfolio, and Sussan Ley has been sworn-in as the new Environment Minister.
Cotton Australia looks forward to working with the new ministers, along with Members and Senators from all sides of politics, and we will continue to advocate our National Policy Priorities.
Share the facts on glyphosate
The continued use of glyphosate returned to the media spotlight in recent weeks, and growers are encouraged to share the facts about this important chemical.
The scientific evidence supporting glyphosate’s safety is clear and overwhelming. More than 800 scientific studies and reviews, including numerous independent regulatory safety assessments, support the fact that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer.
Cotton growers use glyphosate to remove weeds that compete with cotton plants and reduce cotton production. Using glyphosate provides growers with a number of environmental incentives, including: less tillage, thereby reducing soil disturbance, erosion and sediment pollution, and reduced C02 emissions, as machinery is not used to till.
If the Australian cotton industry did not use glyphosate, residual herbicides and/or soil tillage would be used as alternatives. Residual herbicides pose greater environmental risks, as they persist in soils for longer.
Queensland growers encouraged to attend upcoming CSG workshops
The Queensland GasFields Commission is holding a series of workshops for growers on gas development and landholder compensation.
The workshops will be held in Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Miles, and Chinchilla.
The sessions are practical workshops using real scenarios to help landholders understand what to expect during any stage of gas development and factors that may be considered for landholder compensation. All attendees will receive a copy pf The Gas Guide and learn how the GasApp can help you prepare the information needed for negotiations.
Prior to the workshops, the University of Queensland’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas will hold sessions about its ongoing research into the key influences and changes to towns over time.
Increase to the national minimum wage announced
The National Minimum Wage will increase following a decision by the Fair Work Commission.
Following the 2019 Annual Wage Review, the national minimum wage will increase by 3% to $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour.
The 3% increase applies to employees that get their pay rates from the national minimum wage or a modern award.
Applications open for evokeAG 2020 Future Young Leaders program
Young people in the Australian cotton industry are encouraged to apply for an agricultural leadership program.
The evokeAG Future Young Leaders program will identify eight emerging thought-leaders within agriculture and bring them together at the evokeAG event in Melbourne in February 2020. At the event they will present to an international audience their key passions and research relating to one of the event themes – Food, Farm, Future.