COTTON GROWERS and industry participants from across Queensland and New South Wales will gather at Quirindi later this month for the annual National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day.
The event will be hosted by Monsanto Grower Of The Year recipients, Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter on March 16 at their property, ‘Connamara’, at Pine Ridge near Quirindi.
The field day coincides with the opening of nominations for the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which recognise excellence and high achievement throughout the cotton supply chain.
Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the Carters farm 2500ha on the fertile black soils of the Liverpool Plains, with a particular eye for detail.
“The Carters’ operation is an innovative one, utilising no-till farming to conserve soil moisture and water injection at planting to drive yield outcomes through erratic seasonal conditions,” Mr Kay said. “Their management style involves close scrutiny of all nitrogen and pest control inputs.”
“Like most farmers, the Carters are innovative with their machinery, and we expect many people to attend this event to see their sophisticated conversion of a cotton picker into a forklift.”
In addition to a presentation from the Carters, attendees at the National Grower Of The Year Field Day will hear from prominent speakers, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce (TBC) and CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, Tony Mahar.
The Field Day also features presentations covering a variety of topics, including precision agriculture, weed control and advanced machinery.
“We invite growers and industry participants from all farming districts of New South Wales and Queensland to attend the event and see advanced farming in action,” Mr Kay says. “There is much that farmers from all industries can learn from the Carters and the other expert speakers lined up for the day, and all are welcome to attend.”
The event has been organised by Cotton Australia in conjunction with the Upper Namoi CGA, and proceeds go to Farming For Kids. The event is supported by NAB, Cotton Seed Distributors, CottonInfo, Cotton Australia, NuRural, Pursehouse Rural and the Quirindi State High School.
- When: From 10am on Thursday, 16 March, 2017
- Where: ‘Connamara’, 487 Cattle Lane, Quirindi (buses depart Boggabri 8.45am and Quirindi 9.30am)
Nominations have also opened for the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which acknowledge the hard work of everyone in the industry, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists, researchers and others. For the first time the annual Awards dinner will be held in Griffith, Southern NSW, to coincide with the biennial Australian Cotton Collective and Cotton Trade Show.
“I encourage everyone in our industry to nominate those around them who deserve recognition,” Mr Kay says. “The annual Australian Cotton Industry Awards are a great way to celebrate our industry’s achievements and acknowledge the tremendous work and commitment of people throughout the cotton supply chain.”
“Importantly, we stress that the Awards program is not designed to indicate who is ‘best’ – it is simply a way to recognise those who have made enormous efforts to better our industry.”
Cash prizes are on offer for the successful recipients of the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which has five categories:
- Monsanto 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
Individuals and teams can nominate others or themselves through the online nomination form at www.australiancottonawards.com
Entries for the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards close at 5pm on 24 March, 2017.
Recipients will be announced at the Awards Dinner on July 26th, 2017 – held in conjunction with the Australian Cotton Collective and Cotton Trade Show (July 26 & 27) in Griffith, Southern NSW.
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.