Cotton Matters - 20 March 2019

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Cotton Australia slams anti-cotton report by The Australia Institute

A report around cotton’s water use by activists at The Australia Institute has been slammed by Cotton Australia.

In a statement, general manager Michael Murray said the report misrepresented data to suit the activists’ agenda.

“This report, by a group of activists who have a track record of opposing our industry, has sought to undermine cotton’s historical success by drawing parallels with data that is presented without full context,” Mr Murray said.

“Australia’s cotton industry operates within the system and regulations we have in place – the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“This Plan will deliver an additional 3200Gl to the environment by 2024, with some 2000Gl already with the Commonwealth Environmental Water holder.

“This is the plan that was agreed to after years of negotiations between state and federal governments and our industry is committed to the plan and seeing it implemented in full.”

Cotton Australia also had a letter to the editor published in the Sydney Morning Herald refuting The Australia Institute’s report.

Read our statement

Cotton Australia representatives advocate for our industry during China export tour

Cotton Australia’s Deputy Chair, Nigel Burnett, and CEO, Adam Kay, spent last week in China advocating for our industry during the ACSA Export Market Development trip.

As part of the tour, the delegates visited the Australian Embassy in Beijing for discussions with Austrade and our agricultural councillors.

Also during the trip, Mr Burnett presented to cotton spinners in Qingdao, while Mr Kay presented to more than 100 spinning mill representatives in Nantong.


Cotton Australia partners with Google Arts & Culture to showcase discoveries

On the March 6th, Google Arts & Culture launched Once Upon a Try – the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated.

Cotton Australia is the first agricultural industry in the world to use the Google Arts & Culture technology to share its stories. For the global launch of Google’s Inventions and Discoveries, we chose to tell two stories, one on digital agriculture and one on GM/biotech.

Cotton Australia’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture gives us a platform into the future to tell the many great stories we have in our industry in a visually appealing and engaging way.

Read more about the initiative 

View the ‘Australian cotton and the digital revolution’ exhibition

View the ‘Breeding high-tech cotton’ exhibition


Ban the Export of Cotton Bill – send in your submission now

Individuals, groups, CGAs and business are all encouraged to send in a submission to the federal Senate Inquiry into the proposed Bill to ban the export of cotton from Australia.

The bill is being proposed by South Australia’s Senator Rex Patrick, and submissions close on April 8th, 2019.

Cotton Australia is encouraging as many people and groups as possible to send in a submission, so the industry can share with politicians the importance of our industry and the impact it has on individuals and communities.

Submissions can be short, and should focus on how a ban on cotton would impact on the person making the submission.

Click here for more information


Cotton20 leaders gather in Sydney to share ideas

Twenty of the industry’s leaders gathered in Sydney last week as part of their journey in the Cotton 20 leadership program.

The program utilises an integrated delivery platform including a face-to-face forum, online group and individual activities, as well as access to a podcast series. A cornerstone of the program is a two-level mentoring program, which will see an additional 40 growers across regions participate in local knowledge and skill development activities with a current program participant.

At the Sydney meeting, the group shared ideas about ways to lead the industry and how to collectively build cotton’s social license.

Read more about Cotton20


Nominate now for Australian Cotton Industry Awards

The best and brightest in our industry are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.

The categories for the awards include:

  • Bayer Grower of the Year
  • AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year
  • ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year
  • Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year
  • IPF Service to Industry Award

Nominations close on March 31st 2019.

Nominate now


Donate now to cotton’s breast cancer campaign 

Want to help in the fight against breast cancer?

Cotton Australia has joined with cotton module wrap supplier Tama Agri to launch a fundraising campaign in support of the breast cancer care charity The McGrath Foundation.

Tama Agri have been supporters of the McGrath Foundation since 2015, and in that time have raised close to $140,000 - enough to fund a full-time specialist Breast Care Nurse in a community that needs one the most for a full year.

The fundraising campaign is an opportunity for the cotton industry to lend a hand and help place these specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities around Australia, to support families experiencing breast cancer.

Everyone, including all growers and industry personnel, is encouraged to donate to the campaign - it does not matter if your farm is using the pink cotton module wraps this season or not.

Growers are also encouraged to send Cotton Australia photos of the pink-wrapped modules for use on social media.

Donate now to boost care of breast cancer patients


Share cotton’s story on World Water Day

Friday March 22nd 2019 is World Water Day, and the day provides us with a valuable opportunity to share the facts about our water use.

Cotton Australia is supporting a social media campaign run by NSW Irrigators’ Council to spread factual awareness about irrigation.

To take part:

  • 1. Write down a fact or story about the links between cotton/irrigated agriculture and the environment. You can read facts here to help guide you.
  • 2. Take a photo of your fact, or film a video telling your story (phone video footage is perfect). 
  • 3. Share the photo and video on social media on Friday 22nd March, and use the hashtags #Envirrigators #WorldWaterDay #ifarmerNSW (and don’t forget to tag Cotton Australia and NSW Irrigators)

Read facts about cotton’s water use


Learn about workplace essentials with workshops

Growers in St George and Goondiwindi are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop looking at Work Health Safety and employment law.

The workshops are run by Growcom, in conjunction with the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network, and are open to all agribusinesses.

The workshops will help farm businesses reduce risks and increase their efficiency and compliance, and is a valuable way to boost knowledge of the latest law changes.

A workshop will be held in Goondiwndi on March 26th 2019 and St George on March 27th 2019.

Read more


Apply now: QFF water policy advisor role

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is recruiting a new water policy advisor.

Applicants need to submit a CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) outlining their claims for the position to by COB Friday 22 March 2019.

For questions about the role, please contact Dr Georgina Davis on (07) 3837 4727.

Read the position description now