Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow’s Cotton Leaders

Friday, 16th December 2011 // Breaking News // Comments (0)

Cotton Australia has begun the search for the next crop of industry leaders, opening the doors for applications to the 2012 class of the third annual Australian Future Cotton Leaders program.

Program Chair, Joanne Grainger says by carefully selecting young people, working in cotton, with drive and determination, then exposing them to existing and experienced industry leaders establishes a clear pathway for the industry’s future.

“One of the many challenges for young people working in primary industry is accessing the expertise and opportunities to further develop their leadership skills. The Australian Future Cotton Leaders program already has helped guide inspirational young cotton growers and researchers and is now making this opportunity available again.”

The Australian Future Cotton Leaders program includes the MentorMatch program, which connects emerging Cotton leaders with established current leaders as well as an integrated individual industry leadership project, group teleseminars, one on one sessions with a facilitator and online email discussion forums.

Ms Grainger says only 15 candidates will be selected and judging from previous courses, there will be great interest in applications.

“The only advice I can give is that those people who recognise the value in this rare opportunity should submit their applications as soon as they can, or risk missing out. The closing date is 12 January 2012,” Ms Grainger said.

The Future Cotton Leaders program will run from February to September 2012.

For further information and to receive an Information and Application Kit, please contact Jo Eady, phone (03)56 822 811 or email