Stewardship

Stewardship is crucial to ensuring the long-term future of Australia’s cotton industry. It includes stewardship of natural resources, which is achieved through the myBMP program, and also the good management of technologies that support cotton production.

TIMS Committee

TIMS (Transgenic Insecticide Management Strategy) is an industry committee organised by Cotton Australia whose purpose is to develop and review cotton industry resistance management strategies for conventional insecticides, herbicides and transgenic cotton traits, in close consultation with relevant scientific experts and technology providers. TIMS has broad representation from growers, researchers, crop consultants and members of the pulse and grains industries.

The purpose of developing industry-wide resistance management strategies for transgenic traits and conventional pesticides is to:

  • Ensure that best practice recommendations are based on the best available science, are practical to implement, and are aligned with risk.
  • Ensure coordination for product stewardship and associated messaging across farming systems.
  • Ensure that traits and products are stewarded in a sustainable manner that protects the right to farm for cotton growers, protects the social licence of the cotton industry and ensures commercial longevity for these technologies.

One of TIMS’ main roles is to develop and review regional Insecticide Resistance Management Strategies (IRMS), the Bollgard 3® Resistance Management Plan (RMP), and Roundup Ready Flex® Crop Management Plan.

Role
Member
RepresentingArea of responsibility
ChairNigel BurnettCotton AustraliaIndependent from any region
Northern Area
Neek Morowitz
Cotton Australia
Biloela, Central Highlands and Dawson Valley CGAs
Darling Downs
Terry Ryan
Cotton Australia
Darling Downs CGA
Western Area
Sam Heagney
Cotton Australia
Bourke CGA, Dirranbandi CGA, Mungindi Water Users and CGA, St George CGA
Central North Area
Rob Holmes
Cotton Australia
Gwydir Valley CGA, Macintyre Valley CGA, Walgett CGA
Central South Area
Andrew Greste
Cotton Australia
Lower Namoi CGA, Upper Namoi CGA
Southern Area
Jake Hall
Cotton Australia
Southern Valleys CGA, Macquarie CGA
Northern CCA
Tim Richards (Damien Erbacher)
CCA
Central Highlands, Dawson and Callide Valleys, Darling Downs
Central CCA
Ben Dawson (Peter White)
CCA
Gwydir, Macintyre, Lower and Upper Namoi Valleys
Southern CCA
Richard Malone (Heath McWhirter)
CCA

Macquarie, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee regions
Western CCA
Dallas King (Pat McGuiness)
CCA
St George, Dirranbandi, Mungindi, Walgett and Bourke regions
CSIRO
Tom Walsh
CSIRO
Communications CSIRO
CRDC
Susan Maas
CRDC
Communications CRDC
NSW DPI
Graham Charles
NSW DPI
Communications NSW DPI
QLD DAF
Paul Grundy
QLD DAFCommunications QLD DAF
GRDCMelina MilesGRDCCommunications GRDC
Pulse AustraliaPaul McIntoshPulse AustraliaCommunications Pulse Australia
Technical Panel ChairsBernie Bierhoff
John Cameron
Dallas King
Bt Panel
Herbicides Panel
Insecticides Panel
Communication Bt Panel
Communication HTC Panel
Communication Insecticides Panel

The TIMS Committee is strongly supported by a number of discipline and technology-based Technical Panels which consider the scientific and practical application of proposed new or amended resistance management strategies and crop protection technologies.

The current Technical Panels are convened for insecticide and herbicide-tolerant crops and insecticidal transgenic (Bt) crops. TIMS Technical Panels provide technical advice, including the pros and cons of options, and, when requested, recommendations to the TIMS Committee on resistance issues and the development of broader stewardship strategies to ensure the responsible use of crop protection technologies.

Insecticidal Transgenic Crops (Bt) Technical Panel

  • Chair: Bernie Bierhoff, Cotton Australia
  • Coordinator: Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Lisa Bird, NSW DPI
  • Sally Ceeney, Cotton Australia
  • Sharon Downes, CSIRO
  • Gary Fitt, CSIRO
  • Peter Gregg, UNE
  • Paul Grundy, QLD DAF
  • Simone Heimoana, CSIRO
  • Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Nigel Burnett, Cotton Australia
  • Tom Walsh, CSIRO
  • Mary Whitehouse, CSIRO

Insecticides Technical Panel

  • Chair: Dallas King, Crop Consultants Australia
  • Coordinator: Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Lisa Bird, NSW DPI
  • Sally Ceeney, Cotton Australia
  • Sharon Downes, CSIRO
  • Paul Grundy, QLD DAF
  • Simone Heimoana, CSIRO
  • Grant Herron, NSW DPI
  • Jamie Hopkinson, QLD DAF
  • Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Nigel Burnett, Cotton Australia
  • Melina Miles, QLD DAF
  • Richard Sequeira, QLD DAF

Herbicide-Tolerant Crops Technical Panel

  • Chair: John Cameron, Cotton Australia
  • Coordinator: Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Graham Charles, NSW DPI
  • Sally Ceeney, Cotton Australia
  • Ben Dawson, CCA
  • James Hereward, University of Queensland
  • Eric Koetz, NSW DPI
  • Nigel Burnett, Cotton Australia
  • Christopher Preston, UniSA
  • David Thornby, QLD DAF
  • Jeff Werth, QLD DAF

In-season Troubleshooting Committee

  • Lisa Bird, NSW DPI
  • Sally Ceeney, Cotton Australia
  • Susan Maas, CRDC
  • Melina Miles, QLD DAF