Learn about the Australian cotton industry from the growers that produce the crop.
Sally Quigley's three sons work as part of her farming operation.
“We’ve been growing cotton now for about 34-35 years. We grow cotton when we have available water, which is not every year.
“We grow cotton because it gives us the best return on our dollar.
“This year, we have zero water allocation, but we’re growing a crop on water carried over from a flood event in 2016.
“The drought’s terrible because our other crops don’t grow, our livestock need feeding, and cotton has also given us livestock food – we’ve been able to feed the cottonseed to our cows and sheep, which has made a huge difference.
“We have grandchildren now who one day might be farming here too. We’ve got three boys farming with us [now], and they’re very passionate and they’re careful about what they do, because it’s here for the long-term.
“Everything in our local communities depends on the cotton industry because it provides so much employment.
“By banning cotton, we would just grow another crop. There’d be less local communities. Our towns would die.”