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Celebrity speakers headline biennial Australian Cotton Conference

A line-up of celebrity speakers and international experts are the star attractions for the Australian Cotton Conference, to be held on the Gold Coast between August 2 and 4, 2016.

The 18th Australian Cotton Conference – New Frontiers features an impressive line-up of speakers, including TV host and best-selling author Alex Malley (CEO of CPA Australia), plus senior executives from global retail brands such as Manish Chawla (H&M). The three-day conference will close on a presentation from award-winning journalist Peter Greste and his brother, cotton grower Andrew Greste, who will close the conference with their session, ‘Resilience, Teamwork & Courage’.

Held every two years, the Australian Cotton Conference is a joint initiative of Cotton Australia and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association, and gathers growers, farm managers and industry representatives from around Queensland and NSW.

Earlybird registrations for the event close on July 1, and Cotton Australia levy-paying growers are entitled to a discount.

Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says this year’s event is expected to attract more than 1200 attendees.

“Every two years, the Australian Cotton Conference draws all the participants in our great cotton industry together to hear about the most important issues facing the sector, discuss new ideas and network with their peers,” Mr Kay says.

“The conference has been extremely well attended in the past. It attracts growers and others in the industry from as far north as Emerald in Central Queensland and from as far south as the Victorian border region.”

“This year the Conference Organising Committee has done a fantastic job, attracting high-profile speakers from outside the industry and knowledgeable experts from within, and I know attendees will find the program extremely informative and entertaining. More than that, the program strong enough to appeal not just to cotton growers but farmers from all walks of agriculture, and so we extend an invitation to farmers from all industries to join us.”

The Conference has an extensive program for the whole industry, with topics to be covered including:

  • The future of digital farming and agricultural technology
  • Innovation and trends in cotton use, sustainability and fashion
  • Water use policy
  • Business planning
  • The latest advances in cotton biotechnology

A dedicated program, ‘iGEN’, has also been established to appeal to younger growers, farm managers and industry participants.

For more information about the 18th Australian Cotton Conference, go to: www.australiancottonconference.com.au

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