Cotton Industry Awards to celebrate excellence in the industry

Nominations have opened for the 2014 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which is now in its 11th year. 2/3/2014

The Awards recognise excellence and high achievement in Australia’s cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists, researchers and extension teams.

Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the Awards annually recognise the industry’s leaders – both individuals and teams – and their contribution to Australian cotton.

“The Awards highlight more than a decade of achievement and innovation in Australia’s great cotton industry, which has made such significant advancements in farm management, water conservation and sustainability,” Mr Kay says.

“Our annual Awards program is not about who is ‘best’, it is simply a tremendous way to recognise those who have contributed enormously to our industry and to shine a light on those leading the way.”

“I encourage everyone in the industry to consider those around them who deserve recognition and nominate them for an award - it’s a fantastic way to celebrate the industry’s achievements and share the great work and commitment of people throughout the cotton supply chain.”

The 2014 Australian Cotton Industry Awards has five categories:

  • Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year
  • AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year
  • Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Bayer CropScience
  • Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year
  • Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Service to Industry Award

Cash prizes are on offer for the Awards recipients, with a travel bursary offered for the Young Achiever of the Year category.

Individuals, who can nominate others or themselves, can enter in one of three ways:

  1. Use the online form at: www.australiancottonawards.com OR
  2. Submit the form via email to: admin@australiancottonawards.com OR
  3. Mail a form to the following address:

2014 Australian Cotton Industry Awards
PO Box 987 Narrabri  NSW  2390

Entries for the Awards close on Friday, March 28, 2014.

2014 Australian Cotton Industry Awards recipients will be announced at the Awards Dinner on August 7th 2014, as part of the Australian Cotton Conference held at the Gold Coast.

Mr Kay says the 2014 Cotton Industry Awards Taskforce hopes this year’s event will top last year’s.

“The annual Awards Dinner has a great reputation not only as a tribute to the Awards recipients but also as a fantastic networking and socialising event,” Mr Kay says.

“Last year’s Awards Dinner was one of the most successful ever and the event was sold out, and we’re hoping to do even better this year.”

Monsanto Cotton Grower Of The Year Field Day – Darling Downs

The Grower Of The Year Field Day will be held later this month at ‘Kintyre’, the farm of 2013 Monsanto Cotton Grower Of The Year recipient John ‘Cowboy’ Cameron.

Mr Cameron will explain how a strict soil health program, experimentation, planning and attention to detail enabled his team to achieve a 10-bale-per-hectare dryland crop last season.

Event details:

  • Where: 'Kintyre' - 478 Bongeen School Rd, Bongeen
  • When: registration from 8.30am (Qld time), start 9am sharp, finish 3.30pm
  • RSVP: by Monday, 10 February to Cotton Australia Regional Manager Mary O’Brien: MaryO@cotton.org.au

More information on the Field Day and the 2013 Cotton Industry Awards is available at the Cotton Australia website:  www.cottonaustralia.com.au