Cotton Matters - 5 September 2018

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Cotton Australia welcomes Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment

Cotton Australia has welcomed the findings of a federal study into agricultural growth in northern Australia.

The Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment was led by the CSIRO and studied the potential growth areas for fibre and food production in Australia’s north.

The study identified the potential for new dams, which could significantly boost the viability of irrigated cropping industries such as cotton.

The report also found boosting agriculture in the region could provide thousands of new jobs and inject billions of dollars into the country’s northern economy.

Read more about the study


Cotton Australia welcomes appointment of Northern Basin Commissioner

Cotton Australia has welcomed the appointment of Mick Keelty as the Northern Basin Commissioner.

Mr Keelty’s appointment comes after the Northern Basin Review passed parliament earlier this year.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says the industry supports a robust, fair and transparent water compliance system.

“Cotton Australia has a zero-tolerance approach to water theft and non-compliance,” he says.

“Cotton Australia and irrigators are committed to robust and transparent compliance, and a Basin Plan that protects the rights of the environment, irrigators and other water users.” 

Read more


Cotton Australia presents at Murray Darling Association Conference

Cotton Australia advocated for our industry at the Murray Darling Association’s 74th national conference last week.

The conference was held in Leeton, NSW, and included sessions on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, energy efficiency and water security.

Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray presented at the conference with a session titled ‘The modern Australian cotton industry, the myths, the reality, and the Basin Plan’.


New Cotton Australia directors settling in to new roles

Cotton Australia’s two new Board directors spent a day at the organisation’s Mascot office last week for induction sessions.

Susan McCutcheon, from the Macquarie Valley CGA, and Bernie Bierhoff, from the Walgett CGA, were appointed to their Board positions at Cotton Australia’s Annual General Meeting in early August.

The pair had a full day of briefings from Cotton Australia staff, including CEO Adam Kay, General Manager Michael Murray, as well as the organisation’s myBMP team, policy officers, communications and education team, Cotton to Market team, and financial and administrative personnel.

The briefings were an important step in welcoming the Directors to their roles and providing them with a thorough overview of the organisation’s work and activities supporting growers and advancing the Australian cotton industry.

Read more about Cotton Australia’s Board


Dawson and Callide Valley growers: you have a new Cotton Australia Regional Manager

Cotton Australia has appointed a new Regional Manager in Queensland’s Dawson and Callide Valleys.

Stephanie Tucker began in the position last week and replaces Bronwyn Christensen, who served in the role for six years.

Stephanie comes to Cotton Australia with a wealth of agricultural experience, having worked across the cropping and cattle industries all her life.

She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in rural business management, and will be based in Theodore.

Read more about Stephanie

Download your Australian cotton fact sheets now

Do you want to help share our story, correct facts and bust myths about Australian cotton?

Cotton Australia has a suite of downloadable resources you can use to help share the facts about our industry.

The fact sheets are updated regularly and inform on all aspects of the Australian cotton industry.

You can download the resources, save them on your device, and refer to them when informing people about our industry and busting myths online or in-person.

Read more and share the facts now

View Australian Cotton Conference photos online now

Do you want to relive all the colour and excitement of the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference?

A digital album of photos is now available for you to view.

The 2018 Australian Cotton Conference was the biggest ever held, and the photo gallery features images from the plenary sessions, trade hall, and ACSA fashion parade.

View the photos now


New Cotton Young Farming Champions announced

Three new Cotton Young Farming Champions have been announced.

Sally Poole, Alexandria Galea and Anika Molesworth were the successful candidates.

The trio will be positive ambassadors and advocates for our industry.

The women all have rich backgrounds in agriculture: Sally Poole is an agronomist from Dalby, Alexandria Galea is a sales agronomist from Emerald, and Anika Molesworth is studying a PhD and running cotton trials in the NSW Riverina.

The Young Farming Champions is run by Art4Agriculture with support from Cotton Australia.

Meet the Cotton Young Farming Champions


Drought support update

The NSW Government has released a new guide on drought for the state’s farmers.

The ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’ was released in August to boost knowledge and help farmers make informed decisions going into Spring.

In Queensland, the state government has announced it will appoint two new drought commissioners to help farmers.

The Queensland government also announced a further $9 million for programs to help tackle the impact of drought.

Download the NSW drought guide

Read more about Queensland drought relief


Telstra announces natural disaster support arrangements

Telecommunications company Telstra has reminded farmers in drought that bill support is available.

The company says those affected by drought may be eligible for assistance under the telco’s natural disaster support arrangements, which could include payment extensions or fee waivers.

Learn more about the support available


NFF president Fiona Simson shares agricultural vision at National Press Club

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) president Fiona Simson addressed the National Press Club last week to share the organisation’s vision for Australian agriculture.

Cotton Australia is a member organisation of NFF.

Ms Simson said Australian agriculture needs to shake-up the status quo for the industry to reach its full potential.

The speech also detailed NFF’s vision for Australian agriculture to achieve a farm gate output of $100 billion by 2030.

Read Fiona Simson’s speech here


Share your views on commodity price risk management

Research is underway at the University of Queensland into commodity price risk management.

With Australian cotton being an important export commodity, growers are encouraged to share their views with researcher Raul Odriosola.

The study is particularly looking at how farmers deal with unfavourable price variations.

Complete the survey now