Cotton Matters - 18 September 2019

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Prepare you entries for Cotton Australia’s World Cotton Day photo competition

Entries in Cotton Australia’s World Cotton Day photo competition will open later this month.

World Cotton Day is on Monday, October 7th 2019 and will celebrate the international cotton industry and its contribution to communities and the global economy.

The Cotton Australia World Cotton Day photo competition will use social media to promote images and information celebrating the Australian cotton industry and showcase the industry’s positive, strong connections with the communities in which it operates.

The theme for the competition is: Australian cotton - local communities clothing the world.

Hundreds of dollars-worth of vouchers to the Bonds clothing store (which can be used online) are on offer for the winners.

Read more information and the terms and conditions


Drought support available

Growers are being reminded that support is available for those battling drought.

The National Farmers’ Federation, which Cotton Australia is a member of, has collated a valuable resource for those on the land in need of assistance.

Growers are encouraged to visit Farmhub to find and receive the support that best suits their needs.

Explore available drought support now

 

September puts spotlight on biodiversity

September is Biodiversity Month, and Cotton Australia is proud to help share our industry’s biodiversity success stories during this period.

Did you know almost 10% of all the species on Earth are found in Australia? And that 400 different vegetation types are found on cotton properties in NSW and Queensland?

Growers are encouraged to visit CottonInfo’s Natural Resource Management blog for regular updates on biodiversity-focussed work underway in the industry.

Another valuable resource is the Birds on Cotton Farms app, which was designed to help cotton growers identify the common bird species found on cotton farms and understand how to manage their habitats.

Read more about biodiversity

Download the Birds on Cotton Farms app

 

Have your say - spray drift survey

Time is running out to have your say in a survey focussed on spray drift.

The survey, being run by CRDC, GRDC and the University of New England, is looking to understand spray practices and the drivers and barriers to stop spray drift.

The survey is open to growers and spray rig operators, and the findings will be used to develop strategies to reduce the impacts of spray drift.

All information collected is anonymous and any personal details gathered in the course of the study will remain confidential.

The survey closes on Friday, September 20th 2019.

Complete the survey now

 

Cotton-focussed PhD research opportunity available

A research opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar in the area of cotton research and development.

The University of Sydney is on the lookout for PhD candidates interested in completing a water efficiency research opportunity.

The PhD in digital agriculture and irrigation data science will focus on water efficiency in cotton, and is funded by CRDC.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Guy Roth on (02) 6799 2202 or guy.roth@sydney.edu.au, to find out more.

Click here for more information

 

Queensland Government launches research into quad bikes

The Queensland Government is calling for growers to provide input into its research on quad bikes.

Growers are encouraged to complete a confidential survey to inform around views on quad bikes and to understand the behaviours and beliefs of people who own or use quad bikes for work, recreation or other purposes.

The survey closes on Tuesday, 24th September 2019.

Complete the survey now

 

Register now for Renewables in Agriculture Conference

Early registrations have opened for the upcoming Renewables in Agriculture Conference.

Embracing on-farm renewables is a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. This inaugural conference will bring together farmers, agriculture and energy consultants, peak bodies and government representatives to share stories of on-farm renewables and what is driving the transformation of energy use in agriculture.

The conference is on Thursday, 14th November 2019 in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Read more

 

International cotton event coming to Australia

Australia will host the 78th International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Plenary meeting in Brisbane in December.

The conference will take place from December 2nd – 5th 2019.

Australian cotton growers are invited to participate in the conference free of charge, while other Australian industry representatives can receive reduced-price tickets.

To take up this offer email: comms@crdc.com.au.

Click here for more information or to register