Cotton Matters - 16 May, 2018

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Murray Darling Basin Plan back on track with Senate vote

Cotton Australia has welcomed news the Murray Darling Basin Plan is back on track.

The Australian Senate last week voted against a Disallowance Motion by the Greens to overturn a key recommendation made by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

The recommendation was to replace 605 gigalitres of water buybacks with alternative measures.

The motion was overturned, with only the Greens and Centre Alliance voting in favour of it.

Read Cotton Australia’s full response here


Mixed reaction to Federal Budget

The Federal Budget was handed down by the Turnbull Government last week, with some investment made in agriculture. 

However, the National Farmers’ Federation gave the budget an overall ‘B’ rating, saying while investment was made in trade, market access and biosecurity, the Government overlooked regional telecommunications. 

The Rural Regional and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) has expressed disappointment over the lack of funding for mobile blackspots. 

RRRCC said a long-term commitment to funding for mobile blackspots was needed, and the organisation will raise its concerns at the upcoming Federal Regional Telecommunications Review. 

Read NFF’s response to the budget


Australian Cotton Industry Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the 2018 Australian Cotton Industry Awards have been announced.

The awards recognise excellence in the cotton industry, as well as the valuable contributions of hardworking growers, researchers and industry members.

The finalists in the three award categories hail from cotton growing regions across NSW and Queensland.

Meet the finalists here


Cotton Australia-Clontarf Foundation partnership opening doorways for Indigenous youth

Cotton Australia’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation continues to strengthen, with a young Indigenous man linked with the program’s work securing employment in the cotton industry.

The Clontarf Foundation’s program involves working with young Indigenous men to improve their education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects.

Cotton Australia’s involvement helps provide pathways for employment in the cotton industry for young Indigenous men.

Recently Clontarf Academy student Tyson Collins secured employment in the industry as a module builder operator at Wesley Back’s farm near Dalby.

Learn more about the Clontarf Foundation’s work here


Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay returns to ACCC Agriculture Consultative Committee for second term

Cotton Australia’s CEO, Adam Kay, has been re-appointed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Agriculture Consultative Committee.

Mr Kay is keen to hear from cotton growers with concerns around unfair contracts, marketing, or monopolies, so he can raise the issues at the committee’s next meeting.

Contact Mr Kay by phoning Cotton Australia on (02) 9669 5222 before 11am on Friday 18th May 2018.

Learn more about the ACCC Agriculture Consultative Committee


Enter your cotton photos for chance to win great prizes in Click 2.0 competition

Picking is often a photogenic time on a cotton farm, with fields of fluffy white cotton, hard-working people, and breathtaking sunsets all making stunning images.

There are still a few more weeks for you to take photos and video of life on your cotton farm, and to enter the images in our Click 2.0 photo and video competition.

There is a range of great prizes up for grabs, including a share of $8000 in gift vouchers from camera store digiDIRECT.

Enter now 


Cotton Conference speakers ready to share their expertise

Preparations for the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference are continuing, with a stellar line-up of speakers preparing for the event.

One of the speakers will be world-leading plant physiologist Sander van der Krol from Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Mr van der Krol will speak about genetic modification (GM) of plants, what we can expect from GM-cotton in the future, and what we’ve learned from GM mistakes in the past.

Another speaker will be Robin Stonecash, who is the Dean of the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University.

Business planning and strategy will be the focus of Ms Stonecash’s session at the conference.

Register now for Australian Cotton Conference

Meet some of the Cotton Conference speakers


Feedback wanted – how improving Australia’s visa system could help cotton’s workforce needs

Cotton growers, employers - do you have views on how Australia's visa system could be improved to better serve the cotton industry's labour needs? 

You may be aware of the National Farmers' Federation's calls for an 'ag visa'. The government is also consulting on recent changes to skilled migration lists. 

If you have views to share or want to know more, Cotton Australia Policy Officer, Angela Bradburn, would like to hear from you. 

Cotton Australia believes the current system could be improved and your valuable feedback will help strengthen our case and ensure we get the message right when we are talking to government about these issues. 

Please email to indicate your interest or call (02) 9669 5222 and we will follow up.

Read more on skilled migration list changes


Native vegetation laws given tick of approval by Queensland politicians

Controversial native vegetation management laws have passed the Queensland parliament.

The Queensland Farmers' Federation, of which Cotton Australia is a member, says it has been left ‘frustrated and disappointed’ by the decision, adding the laws will have a devastating effect on agriculture and communities in the state.

Read more


Female ag leaders given opportunity to shine through Diversity in Agricultural Leadership Program

Female leaders in agriculture have been recognised for their positive work, by being selected to take part in a mentoring program.

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) runs the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, with support from Cotton Australia, and encourages more women to secure work at senior executive and Board level ranks within agricultural organisations.

A total of eight women from across the country have been selected for this year’s program.

Find out more


Queensland farmers urged to apply for energy efficiency program

Are high power bills a frustration for you and your farming operation?

Applications for the Queensland Government’s $10m Energy Savers Plus Program close soon.

Farmers in Queensland can apply for a free energy efficiency audit from the state government, in a bid to cut their power bills.

Successful farmers can also receive up to $20,000 to help implement electricity reduction strategies.

Applications for the audit close on May 29, 2018.

Read the application guidelines

Read more


Have your say on carp control

Farmers are encouraged to have their say during the next phase of the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) consultation process.

The NCCP conducted a large research and consultation program last year, and is now encouraging anyone with ideas or questions to submit their feedback.

A series of community engagement forums will be held in towns where carp is an issue, however people can also submit their feedback via email and telephone – 1800 2277 7526.

Read more about the National Carp Control Plan


NSW School students learn more about cotton thanks to RYCOTT camp

A group of students from western NSW have received a first-hand look at the cotton industry, thanks to the Rotary Youth in Cotton (RYCOTT) camp.

The latest camp took 16 students to two cotton farms and two gins in the Macquarie Valley.

The students saw the picking process underway, and they learned about how cotton is prepared at the gin.