Cotton Matters - 16 July 2019

Tuesday, 16th July 2019 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

Time is running out to register for the 2019 Cotton Collective

The countdown is on to the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective which will be held in Griffith, NSW on July 24th and July 25th - next week.

The event will bring the cotton industry together for a series of information speaker sessions, panel forums and the annual trade show.

This year Destination NSW is a Strategic Sponsor of the Collective.

Buy your tickets now. 


Last chance to buy tickets to the 2019 Cotton Industry Awards

There are only a limited number of tables left for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards in Griffith next week.

The Awards program is an opportunity to recognise the excellence and achievement throughout the supply chain and reflect on the past year of production.

The 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards will be held on Wednesday 24th July 2019 at the Griffith Exies Club.

Growers and industry representatives are encouraged to purchase their tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Ticket sales close Friday 19th July.

Buy tickets now. 


Cotton Australia calls-out unbalanced and inaccurate Four Corners report

On Monday 8th July, ABC’s Four Corners television program aired a report investigating the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s infrastructure efficiency program.

The episode ‘Cash Splash’ was riddled with factual errors and guided the audience down a path of misrepresentation about the fundamentals of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Cotton Australia joined other agricultural bodies in condemning the unbalanced and inaccurate report by the ABC.

Cotton Australia would also like to acknowledge the growers and industry representatives that joined the conversation online, in their local communities or around the dining table. It’s important our voice is heard as we continue to share the Australian cotton story and correct unbalanced and inaccurate media reporting.


Read Cotton Australia’s statement. 

Read National Farmers’ Federation’s statement. 

Read National Irrigators’ Council’s statement. 

Read NSW Irrigators’ Council’s statement. 

Watch Media Watch’s analysis of ‘Cash Splash’  


Future of regional Australia to be discussed at Dubbo Bush Summit

The Prime Minister, along with government, media, agriculture and regional community representatives will come together in Dubbo, NSW this week to discuss how we can build a stronger future for the bush.

The inaugural Daily Telegraph Bush Summit aims to put regional NSW front and centre on the national agenda.

The cotton industry will be represented in a panel discussion on the importance of water to the bush, with Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay and cotton growers Tony Quigley, Macquarie Valley and Ben Dal Broi, Murrumbidgee Valley.

Industry representatives are encouraged to attend the event to hear from opinion leaders, policy makers, government and community members on how we can protect, promote and enhance the bush for generations to come.

Register now.


Growers encouraged to complete the AgSkilled Survey

NSW cotton and grain growers are being encouraged to have their say about the impact of the AgSkilled initiative in meeting the training needs of their respective industries.

The three-year program has already delivered training to more than 3,000 learners, covering topics such as advanced chemical training, precision agriculture, leadership, professional development, governance, drones in agriculture and a range of safety courses.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said AgSkilled provides important education and training on a wide range of topics to upskill workers and boost efficiencies on farm.

“Increasing the capacity of the workforce will allow growers, on-farm staff and the broader industry to better manage current and future challenges,” Mr Kay said.

“I encourage growers to complete this survey to ensure we can continue to meet industry-wide training needs,” Mr Kay said.

Complete the survey now. 


Volunteers needed for the 2019 Royal Queensland Show

The Australian cotton industry will be on show at the 2019 Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known as the Ekka.

Our exhibit in the Agricultural Hall will aim to educate the public, increase trust and appreciation for the industry, and provide further information and facts to bust some myths about Australian cotton.

Cotton Australia will be manning the stall but would love to have cotton growers front-and-centre at the exhibit to share their own personal stories about working in the industry.

The Ekka runs from Friday 9th August 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019.

If you and your family are attending the show this year, please consider volunteering on the cotton stand for a few hours.

Contact Cotton Australia on 02 9669 5222 or for more information and to register your interest.


CRDC Grower Survey

Growers are being encouraged to participate in the Cotton Research and Development Corporation’s (CRDC) annual Cotton Grower Survey.

The survey allows growers to have their say on research, development and extension direction and focus.

CRDC has emailed growers with an invitation to participate in the survey.

Click here for more information. 


Farm Safety Week

Farm Safety Week will commence Sunday 21st July and run until Friday 26th July 2019.

The week provides an opportunity for growers to address any farm safety issues in their businesses.

Occupational health and safety is a key component of myBMP, to ensure all farmers and farm workers have the best possible safety practices in place.

Essential Energy is also encouraging farmers to use this week to take a moment to get to know safety considerations that could help save a life when working on the land.

Essential Energy’s safety advice for agribusiness and a link to free safety stickers can be found here.