Cotton Australia launches Federal Election priorities
With the federal election called for Saturday, May 18th 2019, Cotton Australia has launched its federal election policy platform.
The National Policy Priorities document includes our key asks for federal politicians to respond and commit to during the election campaign.
The key policy areas in our election platform are water security, research and development, essential services (energy, telecommunications, transport), and workforce, education and training.
Growers and industry members are strongly encouraged to share information about our industry and our National Policy Priorities on social media by using the hashtag #ISupportAussieCotton.
Cotton education a focus at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
Thousands of people will learn about the Australian cotton industry at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Cotton Australia has joined with the University of New England to present the facts and teach about our industry with a stand in one of the show’s pavilions.
More than 1,000 students attended a primary school preview day at the show last week, with the students learning about cotton’s journey from field to fashion and understanding that many of their uniforms are made from cotton.
Cotton Australia thanks growers and staff for their time manning the stand and helping advocate for our industry.
Cotton industry’s growth in the Northern Territory a focus of Katherine Field Day
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay advocated for our industry at events in the Northern Territory last week.
Adam met with NT Agriculture Minister, the Hon Paul Kirby, while observing the latest cotton trials at the Katherine Research Station, and also inspected trials at the Douglas Daly Field Day.
Field day attendees also heard from David Connelly, manager of Tipperary Station, who spoke about diversification. The station currently has 60 hectares of cotton planted.
Adam also presented on the industry at a seminar in Darwin that was organised by the NT Farmers Association.
The field days were organised by NT Farmers Association and the NT DPI.
Fashion brands and retailers learn about industry at Camp Cotton
Cotton Australia was proud to host representatives from some of the country’s leading fashion brands and retailers on an educational tour of the industry last week.
The group visited cotton farms and a gin in the Macquarie Valley, and saw first-hand how the fibre is produced.
The event boosted knowledge of Aussie cotton and how our industry is a leader in sustainable production.
Camp Cotton is one of the initiatives from our Cotton to Market team, whose mission is to link leading fashion brands with our world-leading fibre.
Queensland Government minister visits St George cotton farms
Queensland’s Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, met with cotton growers during his tour of St George last week.
Mr Lynham visited Ian and Anne Brimblecombe’s property and discussed solar power options and the rule changes to allow peer-to-peer trading through the Ergon network.
The minister also visited Beardmore Dam and the new Mallawa Irrigation pump station, and also met with the Mallawa Irrigation Chairman and local cotton grower Luke Stower, board member David Moon, and General Manager Rohan Thorogood. The group discussed the success of Local Management to date, and also the impact of electricity price increases, once access to transitional tariffs is lost in 2020.
Mr Lynham also visited cotton grower Ian Todd’s property, where he met with Cotton Australia Chairman Hamish McIntyre, Smart Rivers Chairman Frank Deshon and St George Cotton Growers Association Chair Drew Knights.
The visit was an excellent opportunity to highlight to the Minister a number of issues affecting our industry.
Growers encouraged to know their Easter transport requirements
Cotton Australia is urging growers to refresh their knowledge of transport obligations this Easter.
Cotton Australia has information on the rights and responsibilities of growers and transport contractors moving heavy machinery on Queensland and NSW roads at this busy time of year.
With regards to Easter movements, the rules are the same as last year (2018).
In NSW, the movement of cotton picking equipment over Easter will be allowed under either the conditions of a Class One Agricultural Vehicle Permit (for “walking” machinery), or the New South Wales Class 1 Agricultural Cotton Vehicle Exemption for Permitted Heavy Vehicles (Notice) 2016 (No. 1) (for “floating” machinery).
While operators need to ensure full compliance with the requirements of the above, in general cotton harvesting machinery can be “walked” over the Easter period, and where “floating” would normally be restricted, it is allowed on prescribed routes during daylight hours on Easter Sunday and Monday as outlined in the Notice.
In Queensland, Easter movement of cotton machinery is governed by the Queensland Class1 Cotton Harvest Derestriction Notice 2017 (No. 1). It divides the cotton growing regions into two zones, with travel either allowed over the entire Easter period, or on Easter Saturday or Sunday.
Growers reminded cattle must not graze on failed cotton crops
Growers are being reminded to adhere to the conditions of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) the cotton industry has with the cattle sector.
The Australian cotton industry has a MOU in place with the cattle industry, which states failed cotton crops will not be grazed, cut or baled for feed purposes. This also applies to crop residue in fields after picking.
The aim of this MOU is to manage any potential risk of residues in meat, the detection of which would be highly detrimental to both the Australian cattle and cotton industries.
It’s important that this MOU is adhered to, as it also underpins the cattle industry’s support of the current permit that allows feeding of gin trash to stock.
Additionally, there are specific requirements for the destruction of failed Bollgard 3 crops under the Bollgard 3 Resistance Management Plan that growers should be aware of.
These RMP requirements are intended to reduce the resistance risk of having cotton crops left in the field for longer than necessary.
Bonds choose Aussie cotton to ensure Comfy Livin’
Leading fashion brand Bonds has further strengthened its connection to our industry.
The brand recently released its Comfy Livin’ sleepwear range, which is made of Australian cotton.
The sleepwear range features products for men and women.
Improve your work practices with Farm Safety Week in Moree
Growers in the Moree area are encouraged to attend an upcoming training initiative.
The Farm Safety Week will be held between May 21st and 31st, and is an initiative of AgSkilled, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and Tocal College.
Courses on offer will include, among others, Precision Agronomy, Working at Heights, License to Operate a Forklift, and Confined Spaces.
The Australian Farmer Volume II officially launched
The latest edition of The Australian Farmer book has been launched.
The book provides farmers with information about digital technology, automation and machinery, products and services, plant health, water and irrigation, and women in agriculture.
The digital publication is described as a ‘knowledge tool for the forward-thinking farmer’ and is produced by One Mandate Group – a specialist and educational publisher that focusses on innovative ideas for business and social betterment.