Cotton Matters - 20 May 2019

Monday, 20th May 2019 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Cotton Australia congratulates Coalition on Federal Election victory

Cotton Australia congratulates Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Liberal-National Government on being returned for a third term.

The cotton industry is looking forward to working with the Coalition to continue delivering positive outcomes for Australian agriculture.

Some of the big issues for the cotton sector continue to be water security, energy, research and development and workforce development.

Cotton Australia will continue to advocate for our industry with all sides of politics, and is looking forward to meeting with new and returning federal politicians in the coming weeks.

Growers and industry members are strongly encouraged to continue sharing information about our industry and our national priorities with their local member and on social media with the hashtag #ISupportAussieCotton.

Check out Cotton Australia’s National Policy Priorities document here.


Cotton Australia connects fashion brands with growers through education tour

More than 25 brands and retailers spent two days in the Macquarie Valley for the 2019 Camp Cotton Australia farm and industry tour, led by our Cotton To Market team.

Some of the brands represented at the cotton camp included Bonds, MJ Bale, Best and Less, Sussan, Country Road and Cotton On.

The tour provided an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers and fashion influencers to see where their fabric begins, connect with local growers and industry representatives at the start of the supply chain, and learn more about the processes involved in growing the natural fibre.

The group had a packed itinerary discussing sustainability and traceability during a series of presentations, touring Auscott’s farm and gin in Warren, enjoying a camp fire dinner at ‘Glebe Island’ on Gunningbar Creek and walking through paddocks that were being picked at the Browning’s property ‘Narramine Station’ in Narromine.

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Learn more about our Cotton To Market program here 


Successful cotton trials in Northern Australia

Cotton Australia sent a delegation to the Northern Australia’s Food Futures Roadshow at Georgetown, in the Gilbert Catchment of the Queensland Gulf.

The industry representatives inspected a very successful small plot cotton trial, with an impressive cotton crop which had received minimal irrigation to supplement the wet season rainfall.

Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray says they also received updates on cotton production in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

“Interest in cotton as a key irrigation and cropping opportunity in the region is high,” said Mr Murray.

“Key challenges include isolation, logistic issues around managing a cropping programme through the wet season, native vegetation legislation and the lack of a readily accessible cotton gin.”

The delegation also had the opportunity to visit Strathmore Station and inspect a large-scale dryland cotton crop which is expected to be picked in June and July.

Queensland water entitlements are currently available in the Gilbert Catchment and a proposal to build a headwaters storage on the Gilbert is going through the advance business case development process.

Cotton’s top achievers announced

The finalists for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards have been announced.

The awards recognise the industry’s best and brightest and includes growers, researchers and industry members from across the country.

The finalists include:

Bayer Grower of the Year

  • Tim Leifels and Kate Ledingham, Alice Downs Farms P/L, "Alice Downs" Moree, NSW
  • Tom and Charm Arnott, Fairfield Farming Co P/L “Fairfield" and "Tambalaka" Boggabilla NSW
  • Ben and Kim Witham, Mundoora Farming, "Mundoora", Coleambally, NSW

AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year

  • James Traill and Ashley Tunks, One Tree Agriculture - Jandowae Aggregation, "Arrawatta", Warra, QLD
  • Craig and Clint Charters, Gabo Pastoral Co, "Gabo” and "Craiglea", " Quirindi, NSW
  • Stu and Fran Crawford, Crawford Ag, "Quondong" Narromine, NSW

ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year

  • Nick Beer, "Merrilong", Spring Ridge, NSW
  • Billy Browning, "Narramine Station", Narromine, NSW
  • Murray Connor, Australian Food & Fibre - Moree, NSW

Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year

  • Dr Jamie Hopkinson - QLD Dept Agriculture & Fisheries, Toowoomba, QLD
  • Kieran O'Keeffe - CottonInfo, Griffith, NSW
  • Dr Linda Smith - QLD Dept Agriculture & Fisheries, Brisbane, QLD

The recipients for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards will be announced at a gala event in Griffith on 24th July 2019.

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Cotton’s Roll of Honour

Nominations for this year’s Australian Cotton Industry Roll of Honour are open.

Each year we pay tribute to those in the industry who have passed away, or who are retiring from the industry after years of dedicated service.

If you would like to nominate someone to be recognised at this year’s Cotton Awards ceremony, please fill out this form.

NFF 2019 Farm Workforce Survey: collecting valuable data to help represent your interests

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has launched its 2019 Farm Workforce Survey.  

Cotton Australia is encouraging growers to complete the Survey, which will provide Cotton Australia and the NFF with a greater understanding of workforce requirements on Australian farms, and the characteristics of our industry workforce that otherwise may not be visible to policy makers through national data sets.

By filling out the survey, you will be helping Cotton Australia and the NFF to maintain a strong voice for our growers in Australia, and ensure that your interests are being accurately represented, served and protected on a national level. 

Complete the 2019 Farm Workforce Survey here

Growers encouraged to learn more about new transport rules

The new National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice is now in place, removing the need to apply for permits to move many ag combinations on public roads.

There are now five zones across the country, with maximum vehicle and machinery dimensions listed for each zone. You will be covered by the notice if your vehicle and combinations are within the specifications for each zone.

Use the network map to check what zone you are in.

GrainGrowers and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are hosting a webinar on the Class 1 notice to go over the operator’s guide and changes in more detail.

The webinar will be held at 12pm (AEST) on Thursday 16 May, register your interest here.

Fashion brand learns more about using Aussie cotton with visit to farm and gin

Following the recent release of its Australian cotton workwear range, fashion brand Ritemate Australia has visited a farm and gin to see firsthand the cotton production process and learn more about the fibre.

Cotton Australia's Cotton To Market team has been working with the brand to help them on their journey of using Australian cotton.

Ritemate Australia’s General Manager, David Mair, and sales executive Jack Mackenzie recently visited the Louis Dreyfus Company gin and Breza Contracting and Farming near Dalby to learn more about Australian cotton.

“The staff at LDC Cotton Gin were very accommodating and informative,” Mr Mair said.

“We were able to see the gin in its entirety and received a comprehensive overview of the full ginning process.”

“Brett & Liza Crothers of Breza Contracting and Farming went out of their way to make us feel welcome by taking us on a tour of the farm and explaining the processing machinery used in the cotton production and picking process.”

Browse the Ritemate Workwear Australian cotton range now