A TWO-DAY Cotton Collective Industry Forum covering a huge range of topics — from research and development, connected agriculture and technology, to positioning Australian cotton in the world fibre market — was held this week for the first time in Griffith, Southern New South Wales.
More than 500 cotton growers from across Queensland and New South Wales travelled to Griffith to discuss issues of importance facing the industry and catch-up on the latest developments in farming.
Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the organisation convenes the event every two years, with this year’s Collective gathering an impressive line-up of expert speakers.
“The 2017 Cotton Collective brought together the whole industry to discuss the most important issues facing growers,” he said. “It was also an extremely valuable forum for those in the industry to learn about the latest technology, which is crucial to maintain the industry’s high standards for productivity.”
“This year’s program and speaker line-up was extremely diverse, giving attendees a broad variety of topics covering many issues affecting cotton growers.”
“The cotton industry has grown rapidly in southern NSW in recent years, with many farmers becoming cotton growers for the first time, so we were happy to devote a significant portion of the Collective’s agenda to issues important to new growers.”
Australian Cotton Industry Awards celebrate excellence
CENTRAL to the conference was the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
The Awards program recognises excellence and achievement in Australia’s cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists and researchers.
It was the first time in the history of the awards that the recipients for the five categories were announced in a ceremony held in Griffith, Southern New South Wales.
The 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards recipients are:
- Monsanto Grower of the Year: Cavaso Farming (Tony, Joyce, Matt and Daisy Toscan, Darlington Point, NSW).
- AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year: CSD Farming — Mark Cathcart (‘CSD Farms’, Wee Waa, NSW).
- ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year: Fiona Norrie (Moree, NSW)
- Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year: Dr Paul Grundy and Dr Stephen Yeates (QDAF, Toowoomba and CSIRO Ayr, Queensland)
- IPF Service to Industry Award: Michael Bennett (‘Killowen’, Narromine, NSW)
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says all entrants in the Awards were of an extremely high standard once again.
“We had a substantial number of strong nominations for the Awards program this year, and all are deserving in many ways,” Mr Kay says.
“I know the judges found it very difficult to select recipients from the finalists, all of whom have contributed greatly to our industry.”
“The Australian Cotton Industry Awards are an important way of showcasing those who are achieving great things, and also a way of discovering new ambassadors for the industry.”
“Unfortunately there can be only one recipient in each category, and our recipients this year are a great example of the commitment of everyone throughout the cotton supply chain. I congratulate them all.”
Mr Kay says the Awards dinner was a huge success, bringing together growers and industry representatives from all corners of Australia’s cotton-growing valleys.
Sponsors of this year’s Awards were Monsanto, AgriRisk, ADAMA, Cotton Seed Distributors and IPF.