Cotton Matters 4 October 2017

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Cotton Gap: time running out for job ads and student EOIs

The Cotton Gap program is a unique opportunity for cotton growers to reach keen operational staff who have just finished school and are interested in either a long-term career in cotton or 12 months employment in the form of a gap year. Growers are asked to submit job advertisements by October 9, 2017. Cotton Australia is also seeking expressions of interest from students and school-leavers.

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Click 2.0 comp: submit your entry

Cotton Australia has launched the Click 2.0 photo and video competition. We’re seeking photos and videos that capture beautiful moments from the 2017-18 Australian cotton season, whether it’s in the field, shed, gin or lab. $8000 in prizes is up for grabs, and entries close June 8, 2018. The three categories are:

  1. Aussie cotton people
  2. Aussie cotton landscapes
  3. The moving image

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How to opt in to BCI for 2018

Australian growers now have access to premium markets for cotton grown on myBMP (Best Management Practices) certified farms by opting in to Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Growers aiming to sell Better Cotton in the 2017/18 season are invited to opt in to BCI now. Australian cotton growers must do three things to qualify as a BCI grower:

  1. Achieve myBMP certification by February 26, 2018
  2. Pay your full Cotton Australia levy
  3. Opt in for BCI by contacting the myBMP team

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RRRCC takes case for #betterbushcomms to nbn headquarters

The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) – of which Cotton Australia is a founding member – recently met with members of the National Broadband Network (nbn) executive team, including CEO Bill Morrow, to discuss ways of improving broadband access in regional, rural and remote Australia. The meeting was instigated by nbn following almost 12 months of extensive activity by the RRRCC to raise awareness of the challenges bush consumers continue to face.

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Spraying Helicoverpa in Bollgard crops

Each cotton season there are reports of medium to large Helicoverpa larvae in Bollgard crops. This often occurs mid-season, and occasionally larvae reach numbers which are greater than threshold levels and control may be warranted. The CottonInfo team have put together information to assist growers with the effective management of Helicoverpa in Bollgard crops, including information on the role of beneficials and taking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.

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ICAC update: stocks outside China projected to grow

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) projects that world cotton production will increase by 10% during 2017/18, reaching 25.4 million tons. Higher cotton prices during 2016/17 and better cotton price ratios to other competing crops during 2017 planting campaign resulted in expansion of cotton area by an estimated 3 million hectares to over 32 million hectares. During 2017/18 the largest gain in production of 23% to 4.6 million tons is projected in the USA. Production is projected to increase in all other major producing countries during 2017/18, including India, China, Pakistan, Brazil, West Africa (Francophone Africa) and Turkey.

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CRDC appoints three new Board Directors

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has welcomed the appointment of six Directors to the CRDC Board by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce. Led by incumbent Chair Richard Haire and CRDC’s Executive Director Bruce Finney, the CRDC’s Board will also comprise former Directors Kathryn Adams, Liz Alexander and Greg Kauter, who have each been returned for a second term on the CRDC Board, and new Directors Dr Jeremy Burdon, Prof. Les Copeland, and Rosemary Richards.

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Gap Inc. joins Cotton LEADS program

The joint Australian and U.S. Cotton LEADS™ program recently welcomed its newest member, Gap Inc., and applauded the company’s move to extend its commitment to sustainable raw material sourcing. The leading global retailer joins more than 470 program partners that acknowledge the ongoing sustainable gains by the cotton industries in both countries.

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NSW energy affordability package: potential savings

The NSW Government’s energy affordability package may yield savings for the state’s energy users and small businesses. The package boosts a number of energy rebates and removes some retailer fees. For example, small businesses may be eligible for a $1900 discount on their yearly energy bill and discounts are available for energy efficient lighting and air conditioning upgrades for all households that could lead to bill savings of up to $500 per household per year.

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Enrol now: cotton marketing course in Griffith

A two-day cotton marketing course will be held in Griffith from November 1-2, 2017. Registrations are now open. The course will be presented by the Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute with support from the Southern Valleys CGA and Cotton Info. Topics include the cotton market, commodity analyses, pricing, forward markets, futures trading accounts, supply chain risk management and more.

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