Cotton Matters - 30 May 2018

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Australian cotton farmers receive boost with new grants program

Cotton Australia will work with Monsanto to better support growers through the Monsanto Better Farming grants program.

Two new grants are available to myBMP-certified growers, in a bid to further boost the efficiency and sustainability of Australian cotton farms.

The first grant is a $2000 (ex GST) grant for growers who conduct an audit and achieve myBMP certification.

The second grant is an incentive of $1/bale for growers with myBMP-certified farms and who have opted in to the Monsanto myBMP Bale Grant.

Learn how you can be involved in the program

Cotton Australia, irrigators take ABC to task over reporting bias

Cotton Australia, along with other farming representative organisations, is calling on the ABC to embrace fair and balanced reporting when covering cotton, water and Murray Darling Basin issues.

The call comes after an ABC News story on floodplain harvesting in northern NSW, and the reporting of opinion as fact in the segment.

Cotton Australia refutes many of the ‘facts’ put forward in the ABC story.

Cotton Australia and other groups representing irrigators have written formally to ABC's management to address issues of bias.

Read Cotton Australia’s full response to ABC reporting

Cotton Australia re-elected to BCI Council

Cotton Australia will serve another four-year term on the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Council.

The election was held last week and Cotton Australia secured 69% of votes to be the designated Producer Organisation on the Council.

The result is good news for Australian cotton, with Cotton Australia now able to continue its work leading the sector and advocating for a more sustainable and efficient global industry.

Highlights from Hong Kong:  Aussie cotton on the world stage

Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market program visited Hong Kong recently to meet with brands and denim manufacturers sourcing Australian cotton and to review the Cotton LEADS™ program with Cotton Inc.

A highlight of the trip was a presentation to around 50 Nike product innovation and design team members about raw material sourcing.  Cotton Australia Chairman Simon Corish and CEO Adam Kay presented to the group on a typical Australian cotton farm, our sustainability credentials and plans for the future.

Read more about the recent Hong Kong trip

Australia’s Future Cotton Leaders announced

Cotton Australia has announced the 16 successful applicants who will participate in the 2018 Australian Future Cotton Leaders program.

The program, now in its sixth year and conducted in partnership with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, identifies potential industry leaders and provides them with the necessary skills for future success.

Read more about the program here

Jeanswest Sourcing Summit features Australian cotton

Cotton to Market’s Brooke Summers recently presented the Australian Cotton Story at Jeanswest’s Annual Sourcing Summit, attended by the brand’s CEO, Mark Daynes, its senior leaders, and about 40 factory partners.

During the Summit, Jeanswest announced a commitment to a business target: to source 100% Australian cotton for all jersey products by the end of 2020 with a longer-term objective for the majority of the business’ cotton products to be made with Australian cotton. 

Brooke’s presentation focused on the benefits of using Australian cotton, the strength of partnership with Jeanswest, and the importance of suppliers providing the necessary documentation to meet Cotton Australia’s traceability needs.

Jeanswest launches its next Australian Cotton range at the beginning of July with the introduction of knitwear as well as classic woven shirt styles.

Read more about Jeanswest’s commitment to Australian cotton here

Southern NSW teachers learn about cotton

More than 50 educators in southern NSW have taken part in Cotton Australia’s latest Teach the Teacher event.

The Teach the Teacher program takes educators out of the classroom and into the paddock, with a tour of a local farm and gin to inform them first-hand of the industry. They can then go back to their schools armed with accurate cotton knowledge to pass on to their students.

The latest event saw teachers visit the farm of Commins Enterprises, Southern Cotton’s gin, and hear from RivCott grower, Sam Buster.

Read more

Last chance to enter Click 2.0 photo and video competition

Time is running out to enter your cotton photos and videos in Cotton Australia’s Click 2.0 competition.

Entries must be in by June 8, 2018 for your chance to win a share of $8000 in gift vouchers from camera store digiDIRECT.

There are three categories you can enter – Aussie Cotton People, Aussie Cotton landscapes, and The Moving Image.

Entries must have been shot between September 2017 and June 2018, and can be from the field, shed, gin or lab.

Read more

Federal MP tours southern NSW cotton region to learn more about industry

Cotton Australia has hosted Federal Opposition MP and Shadow Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Australia, Lisa Chesters, on a tour of the southern NSW cotton region.

Cotton Australia Southern NSW Regional Manager, Honi Anderson, accompanied Ms Chesters on a visit to Southern Cotton’s gin, Websters cotton farm, Daisy Lodge cotton farm, RivCott, the Coleambally community farm, and to meetings with the Ricegrowers Association.

The tour provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the region’s cotton industry to a federal parliamentarian, and boost political knowledge around cotton’s sustainability and efficiency practices.

Cotton grower survey: have your say!

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation’s (CRDC’s) annual Cotton Grower Survey opens in June, and all cotton growers are invited to have their say. 

Growers and farm managers will receive an invitation from CRDC to participate. 

For growers with an email address on file with CRDC, you’ll receive an email invitation to participate – simply click on the link to provide your feedback. For growers without an email on file, CRDC will be contacting you via phone. 

This year’s survey looks at the 2017-18 crop and seeks growers’ thoughts on a range of topics, including irrigation and water quality; insect, pest and weed control; spray drift impacts; nutrition management; energy use efficiency; and the uptake and impact of technology and automation. It will take around 15 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to CRDC about the industry, on-farm practices, and priority areas for future research. 

Importantly, the information collected remains confidential, and only aggregated, anonymous information is passed on to CRDC. 

Click here for more information

Drought declarations updated in Queensland

The Queensland Government has updated its drought declarations list.

Large swathes of the state, including many cotton areas, remain in drought.

There have been some changes, with the Western Downs and North Burnett no longer drought-declared. Similarly, the majority of the Banana Shire is no longer in drought.

The Central Highlands remains out of drought.

Ergon Energy says waived charges and deferred payment arrangements won’t remain applicable to customers no longer in drought.

The company says the effective date of revocation is May 17th 2018, and the tariff changes are effective from the customer’s next meter read date after May 17th.

Growers in non-drought declared areas are urged to review their electricity tariffs, and advise Ergon Energy if they do not wish to revert to their previous tariff.

Learn if your region is drought-declared

Read more about electricity tariffs

Cotton LEADS™ welcomes Wrangler’s soil health commitment

The Cotton LEADS™ program has announced its newest member, Wrangler®, and applauded the brand’s commitment to promoting soil health practices as a foundation for improving sustainability in the industry.

The global denim manufacturer joins more than 540 program partners supporting continual improvement by cotton growers in the United States and Australia.

Wrangler recently published ‘Seeding Soil’s Potential’, an overview of 45 scientific reports definitively concluding the practices of conservation tillage, cover crops and crop rotation result in greater crop resiliency and productivity, among a host of other benefits to the grower and the land.

Read more

Apply now for 2019 Nuffield Scholarships

Applications for the 2019 Nuffield Scholarships are open.

The program is open to Australian primary producers and aims to develop current, emerging and future leaders.

A $30,000 bursary is available for the recipient to study cutting-edge agriculture on a global scale.

Applications close June 15, 2018.

Read more and apply here

Nominate a Young Sustainability Champion now

The NSW Government is running its Green Globe Awards for another year, with the aim of recognising people and projects boosting sustainability across the state.

Young people in the cotton industry who are working to progress sustainability are encouraged to nominate in the Young Sustainability Champion category.

Nominations close June 8th, 2018.

Click here to nominate now

Growers urged to think safety when planning flying activity

Cotton farmers are being urged to make safety a priority when planning low-level flying activity around their property.

Essential Energy says farmers need to chat with pilots before they take off, to ensure they know where powerlines are located.

If you notice damage to electricity infrastructure, phone 13 20 80.

Read more about ensuring your safety around powerlines