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Cotton Collective Industry Forum a huge success, unites the industry

More than 500 cotton growers from across Queensland and NSW flocked to Griffith (NSW) last week to discuss issues of importance facing the industry and catch up on the latest developments in farming.

The two-day Cotton Collective Industry Forum covered a huge range of topics, from research & development, connected agriculture and technology, to positioning Australian cotton in the world fibre market.

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,” Mr Kay says. “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.”

Session topics and speakers at the Cotton Collective Industry Forum included:

Agriculture Towards 2030 2030
Chair: John Durham
Speakers:
Kim Morison, Blue Sky Alternative Investments
Chris McCormack, Agripath

Technology For Change
Chair: Hamish McIntyre
Speakers:
Professor Tristan Perez, QUT
Dr Caitlin Cooper & Dr Warwick Stiller, CSIRO
Phil Armitage, Cotton Seed Distributors
Dr Paul Grundy, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Connected Chair: Cleave Rogan
Agriculture For Smarter Farms Speakers:
Nick Barton, Precision Cropping Technologies
Nick Gillingham, Keytah Farms
Andrew Roberts, Field Solutions Group
Tom Dowling, Goanna Telemetry
Happy Workforce, Productive Farms Chair: Fleur Anderson
Speakers:
Gerard Neesham, Clontarf Foundation
Rebecca Fing, Cotton Australia

The Great March South Chair: Peter Tuohey
Speakers:
Harvey Gaynor, Auscott
Rob Houghton, local cotton grower
Australian Cotton In A Global Market Chair: Cliff White
Speakers:
Brooke Summers, Cotton Australia
Susan Caldwell, Hanes Brands (Bonds)
Challenges For Agricultural Chemistries Chair: Dr Nicola Cottee
Speakers:
Alastair James, CropLife
Jon Welsh, CottonInfo
John Hemminghaus & James Neilsen, Monsanto

The Australian Cotton Industry Awards were also held in conjunction with the Cotton Collective.

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