Cotton Australia slams calls to ban cotton exports
Cotton Australia has condemned a plan by South Australian Centre Alliance politicians to introduce legislation banning the export of Australian cotton.
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said the plan, led by Senator Rex Patrick, was a ‘dangerous political stunt’.
Mr Kay said, “[the legislation is] not only an attack on our industry, but a reckless attack on rural communities and hardworking Australian farmers… Our industry will not be dictated to by some point-scoring politicians disguising their vendetta against our industry as being in the ‘national interest’.”
Cotton Australia lays down the facts to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Cotton Australia has taken federal Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young to task over her latest round of attacks on the industry.
Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray said, “[the Senator’s] latest attack on Australia’s cotton industry was completely unacceptable, missing key facts, and demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of agriculture.”
“The time has come for the cheap political point scoring to end. Just because no cotton is grown in the Senator’s home state of South Australia, meaning her risk of offending her constituents is lower, does not mean she can kick us without facts.”
“We are an open, transparent industry keen to inform anyone who actually wants to learn. I invite Senator Hanson-Young to meet with us to learn more. The facts are the facts, and it is time for the emotional political games to end.”
South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin releases its findings
The findings of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin commended Australia’s cotton industry, while also making recommendations that could impact its future.
The Commissioner, Bret Walker SC, said in the report Australia’s cotton industry had ‘almost been demonized’, and rhetoric of cotton being a ‘thirsty crop’ and an industry made up of ‘greedy farmers’ should be rejected. The Commissioner said cotton ‘should not be denigrated’ in comparison to other crops.
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said some of the Commissioner’s recommendations would throw the Basin Plan into jeopardy, which would hurt irrigated agriculture.
Nominations open for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards
The cotton industry’s achievements, commitment, hard work and innovation will be celebrated and acknowledged at the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
Nominations for the Awards are now open.
The Awards will be held in Griffith, NSW on July 24th 2019, in conjunction with the Australian Cotton Collective.
The categories for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards are:
- Bayer Grower of the Year
- AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year
- ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year
- Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year
- IPF Service to Industry Award
Nominations for each category close at 5pm on March 31st.
Changes to Queensland’s Water Act now in effect
Significant changes to metering and meter validation are now in effect in Queensland.
The changes are part of that Queensland Government’s Rural Water Management Program.
Queensland’s Water Regulation 2016 has been amended to:
- Require water users to report faulty meters
- Allow the Department to suspend or cancel the appointment of an authorised meter validator
- Prevent an authorised meter validator from validating their own meter
- Require a new validation certificate where false or misleading information has been provided, or the certificate has been issued by an unauthorised person
- Reduce the minimum timeframe from when a meter cessation notice is issued to when a meter stop being approved to 20 business days
The changes to the Water Act highlight the importance of effective water compliance and accurate measuring and recording of water take.
FarmHub is the new one-stop-shop for drought assistance
A new tool is available for growers to find drought support.
Developed by the National Farmers’ Federation and funded by the Federal Government, FarmHub provides drought support information in one easy to navigate portal.
The online resource provides a comprehensive directory of assistance available to farmers from all levels of government, as well as national, state, council and charity services.
The site has details on assistance for fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses, and mental and physical health services.
Farmers are encouraged to visit FarmHub and enter their location to find out what support services are available to them.
Congratulations to Nuffield Scholar
Cotton Australia has congratulated Daniel Kahl on completing his Nuffield Scholarship.
Daniel’s Nuffield research project was titled: "Who will help run the farm? Creating a pathway to a career on farm for the next generation of farm managers"
Daniel's scholarship was proudly sponsored by Cotton Australia and CRDC.
Cotton industry personnel commended with Australia Day Honours
Two people from Australia’s cotton industry have been presented with Australia Day Honours.
Geoffrey Brown was presented with an Honorary Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the cotton industry and Wee Waa community.
Mike Logan was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to primary industries through rural research and sustainable development.
Cotton Australia offers its congratulations to both recipients.
Cotton Australia would also like to acknowledge Dr Liz Dennis from the CSIRO and Professor Jim Pratley from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, who also achieved honours.