Over the coming months a sequence of six webinars will take a deep dive into the Australian cotton industry and its place in the global textile future by exploring its unique points of difference, engagement with adaptive technology and viability in the future circular economy. Prepare to be challenged, meet some new faces and learn something new.
This series is brought to you by Cotton Australia and supported by Agricultural Trade and Market Access Corporation (ATMAC)
The seed that packs a punch
Thursday, October 7th 2021 - WATCH HERE
Every Drop counts
Wednesday, December 8th 2021 - REGISTER HERE
With a rounded panel of farmer, research and policy experts, we will look at how water is allocated to Australian farmers and the environment, cotton’s water footprint, water saving irrigation methods, responsible irrigation practices, how to explain water to consumers and compliance with the rules.
Michael Murray | Cotton Australia
Michael Murray is the General Manager of Cotton Australia where he has particular responsibility for overseeing policy development and advocacy. Michael has had over 25 years of experience in water reform at a State and National level. Prior to joining Cotton Australia in 2011, Michael spent seven and a half years as the Executive Officer for Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association based in Moree, and before that was an active irrigator in the Murrumbidgee Valley in southern NSW.
Allan Williams | General Manager, R&D Investment at Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC)
Allan grew up on a cotton farm near Wee Waa and brings extensive experience in the cotton and research and development sectors to this leadership position, having worked in both the Australian and international cotton industries for the last 25 years. Before joining CRDC in April 2012, Allan’s roles have included Senior Agronomic Advisor for the global Better Cotton Initiative, the Executive Officer for the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association, the Executive Officer for the then Cotton Consultants Australia (now Crop Consultants Australia), and a lawyer for the firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. During his time with ACGRA, Allan was responsible for the development of the BMP Program - the predecessor to myBMP.
Simon Corish is one of Australia's leading cotton growers based in Goondiwindi and a big believer that Agribusiness in Australia is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in. Australia is one of the highest producing nations in food and fibre, all responsibly grown. Simon is a firm believer Australia is strategically placed to feed and cloth the global market in the future. Simon joins us to talk about water management on his own property and across the country.
Webinar Introduction by: Brooke Summers - Cotton Australia Consultant
Brooke is owner and Director of Step Communication, a consultancy specialising in communication, marketing and storytelling predominantly for the rural, regional and agricultural sectors. Brooke has provided communication services to Cotton Australia for more than a decade. Brooke is currently Cotton Australia’s Supply Chain Consultant and leads the Cotton to Market program, a coordinated effort to position cotton as the fibre of choice in the world market by influencing brand owner, retailer, manufacturer and consumer behaviour.
The panel discussion will be facilitated by Thea Speechley, founder of RawAssembly, Australia’s Responsible, Regenerative and Circular industry textile sourcing event.
ABOUT COTTON AUSTRALIA
Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growers, representing up to 1,500 cotton farming families in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and a developing industry in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The organisation strives to foster a world-class agricultural industry that is sustainable, valued for its economic and social contributions, and its production of very high-quality cotton, in demand around the world.