Cotton Matters - 26 June 2019

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Purchase your tickets to the Cotton Collective in Griffith

Tickets to the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective are now on sale.

The Collective will be held in Griffith, NSW on July 24th and 25th 2019.

The two-day event will coincide with other major industry events the Australian Cotton Industry Awards and the Australian Cotton Trade Show.

Some of the key speakers to present at the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective will include:

  • Steve Whan, CEO National Irrigators Council
  • Phillip Glyde, CEO Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Hilton Taylor, Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
  • Professor Jamie Pittock, The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

A local district tour organised by the Southern Valleys Cotton Growers Association will be held on Tuesday July 23rd prior to a welcome reception.

Destination NSW is a Strategic Sponsor of the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective.

Click here for more information

Purchase your tickets now


Cotton Australia holds valuable meeting with Queensland Premier

Senior members of Cotton Australia were pleased to meet with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham in Brisbane last week.

Cotton Australia Chairman, Hamish McIntyre, Deputy Chair, Nigel Burnett, Board member Fleur Anderson, CEO Adam Kay and General Manager Michael Murray attended the meeting with the Premier.

Cotton Australia shared our industry’s story with the Premier and Minister, and updated them on the challenges facing our growers in Queensland.


Prevent spray drift with new crop mapping technology: SataCrop

Cotton Australia is excited to announce a new era in spraydrift prevention with the release of SataCrop, in partnership with Precision Crop Technologies (PCT).

After a successful trial at Emerald in Queensland’s Central Highlands, the new mapping tool is now available for the 2019/2020 summer season.

SataCrop is a digital platform that maps all crops, not just cotton, allowing growers and applicators of all products to be better informed before spraying.

The new technology requires growers to only map their fields once, and has the ability to import field boundaries from compatible software such as PCT, SST, Farmworks, John Deere and Agworld.

Any farmers interested in using SataCrop need to email Ben Boughton at

Read more about SataCrop

Watch an instructional video


Grants available for cotton communities

Nominations are open for the next round of the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program.

Funded by Bayer and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the program has supported hundreds of community projects over the past five years.

Cotton growers are encouraged to nominate local community organisations or projects for a share in $150,000.

Grants of $5,000 are available for initiatives that support rural mental health, education, the arts, infrastructure, health and the emergency services in cotton communities.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 30th August 2019.

Click here for more information


One-year extension to switch power tariffs announced in Queensland

Queensland growers will now have an extra year to transition to standard electricity tariffs.

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a 12-month extension to the availability of the obsolete and transitional electricity tariffs.

The Ergon Energy Tariffs were scheduled to be removed on June 30th 2020, but will now remain available until June 30th 2021.

Existing customers on these tariffs can remain on them until June 30th 2021, but access to new entrants of these tariffs will cease at the end of this month (June 30th 2019). Irrigation customers in drought-declared areas who qualify for T66 are being encouraged to assess the tariff they are on and consider the merits of switching, and ensure they have applied for the drought rebate.

Click here for details on tariffs

Click here for more information on drought rebates


Queensland vegetation management changes now in effect

New development vegetation clearing codes are now available for Queensland landholders.

The eight new codes provide clearing for the following purposes:

  • Extractive industry
  • Infrastructure
  • Improve agricultural efficiency
  • Managing encroachment
  • Managing fodder harvesting
  • Managing regulated regrowth
  • Managing weeds
  • Necessary environmental clearing

All landholders need to make new notifications and comply with all relevant requirements for any clearing under the new code that applies to their activity.

Landholders are also encouraged to download the latest vegetation management report to see if there are any changes impacting their property.

Click here for more information


Growers reminded to check their petrochemical storage

Cotton growers are reminded to check that their fuels and oils are being handled and stored correctly on farm.

The correct handling of petrochemicals reduces the risk of harm to employees and the environment, and improves efficiencies on farm.

CottonInfo has developed the following tips for growers. It is important to ensure that:

  • Fuels and lubricants are stored appropriately on farm.
  • Bulk fuel tanks are appropriately located on farm.
  • Mobile fuel tanks are appropriately handled on farm.
  • Waste petrochemicals are appropriately stored and disposed of.
  • Work health safety is managed with the appropriate petrochemical emergency procedures in place.
  • There is appropriate petrochemical signage on farm.
  • Spills on farm are contained appropriately.
  • All licensing and notification requirements are met.

Businesses that do not comply with the Australian standards for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids can be charged maximum penalties.

Click here for myBMP’s petrochemical module


Nominations open for the 2019 Landcare Awards

Cotton growers are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to preserve the unique Australian landscape.

Winners from the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards will go forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards held during the 2020 National Landcare Conference.

Click here for more information and closing dates for each category


Leadership training scholarships on offer for women in the agriculture sector

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is offering leadership development scholarships for women working in the farming and agriculture sector.

The scholarships are part of a national initiative supporting the increased presence of women in leadership roles across key industries.

The partial scholarships offset a portion of the fee required to undertake one of the following development programs:

Experienced senior and executive leaders can apply for a $7,000 partial scholarship to assist their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program.
View the Advanced Leadership Program brochure here

Early career managers can apply for a $4,500 partial scholarship to assist their participation in the Leading Edge Program.
View the Leading Edge Program brochure here

 Nominate yourself or a colleague here