Cotton Matters - 18 April, 2018

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Brands, retailers tour northern NSW cotton fields

Cotton Australia’s annual fashion farm tour program continues its successful run, with representatives from leading brands, retailers and design houses touring Narrabri’s cotton fields in northern NSW last week.

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Your chance for input into Cotton Australia’s Strategic Plan

Cotton Australia’s Board calls on growers to have their say on the organisation’s draft Strategic Plan. The plan will set the organisation’s priorities for the next five years, and we need your feedback to ensure it is right for our industry. We encourage growers to view the 2-page Draft Strategic Plan summary and then send your feedback via a 5-minute survey or by email.

Registrations open for Australian Cotton Conference

The 2018 Australian Cotton Conference is fast approaching, with registrations now open. Early bird registrations will be accepted until 25 June 2018.

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NSW growers: what you need to know about changes to Pesticide Regulations

NSW cotton growers are being urged to keep up to date with changes to pesticides regulations. Among the recently announced changes, licences are now required for anyone spraying weeds for a fee or reward, record keeping requirements for non-licenced pesticide users have reduced, and myBMP-certified businesses are exempt from retraining.

Learn more about the changes here

National Farmers’ Federation discussing areas for growth with regional landholders

Farmers in Goondiwindi, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga are invited to attend consultation sessions with the National Farmers’ Federation when they come to town for their Talking2030 roadshow. The roadshow is part of the organisation’s push to identify areas of growth in regional areas over the next decade.

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Telstra links with NFF in new partnership

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has launched a new partnership between the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and Telstra. It’s hoped the partnership will boost NFF in identifying areas for growth in regional communities, as part of its Talking 2030 strategy.

Watch the announcement here

Read the transcript from the announcement

Last chance to have your say in large agriculture vehicles survey

Time is running out to have your say in the National Farmers’ Federation’s (NFF) large agriculture vehicles survey. The study, between NFF and James Cook University is collecting data around the movement of large agricultural vehicles on roads. The survey closes COB Wednesday, April 18 2018.

For community members, complete the survey here

Operators can have their say by clicking here

NFF pushes for regional communications to be a priority in Federal budget

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) says for regional areas to reach their full potential, more affordable and reliable telecommunications infrastructure is needed. NFF president Fiona Simson says the Federal Government must make the issue a priority in its May budget.

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Rookwood Weir funding draws applause from QFF

High-value agriculture and regional communities in central Queensland are set for a boost, with funding announced for the construction of the Rookwood Weir. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the federal government’s commitment to match the Queensland government’s funding of the project.

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Early bird registrations closing soon for 2018 Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

The Northern Australia Food Futures Conference is coming up in Darwin in July, and time is running out for early bird registrations.

Sign up to attend here