CottonInfo is a joint venture between three cotton industry organisations, Cotton Australia, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd.
Cotton Australia: advocating for Australian cotton
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for the Australian cotton growing industry. It determines and drives the industry’s strategic direction, with a strong focus on R&D, promoting the value of the industry, reporting on its environmental credibility, and implementing policy objectives in consultation with its stakeholders.
Cotton Australia helps the Australian cotton industry to be world competitive, sustainable and valued by the community. It has roles in policy and grower representation, best management practices (through the delivery of the myBMP program), promotion and education, and biosecurity.
One of Cotton Australia’s key roles is advocacy, helping to reduce the regulatory burden on growers and advance their interests at all levels. The organisation advocates extensively on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues confronting growers and has a team of dedicated regional staff, providing support and advice to growers on the ground.
Cotton Australia also plays an important role in providing grower feedback on research priorities, and advocating for greater funding for rural R&D. Cotton Australia provides ongoing advice to the CRDC on research projects and where research dollars should be invested.
CRDC: science underpinning the cotton industry’s success
The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry. A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and the Australian cotton industry, CRDC exists to enhance the performance of the cotton industry through investment in, and delivery of, RD&E: helping to increase both the productivity and profitability of growers.
CRDC’s investment in RD&E is funded through an industry levy, with matching Commonwealth contributions. Over $390 million has been invested in over 3100 cotton RD&E projects by growers and the Government over the past 29 years – delivering real impact for growers.
The CRDC 2018-23 Strategic RD&E Plan aims to contribute to creating $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production for the benefit of Australian cotton growers and the wider community. The plan has five key areas of focus: increasing productivity and profitability on Australian cotton farms; improving cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness; building the adaptive capacity of the Australian cotton industry; strengthening partnerships and adoption; and driving RD&E impact.
To help achieve this, growers and the Government will co-invest $20.2 million into cotton RD&E during 2019–20, across some 300 projects and in collaboration with over 100 research partners.
CSD Ltd: cotton seed for tomorrow’s cotton crop
Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (CSD) has been supplying quality cotton planting seed to the Australian cotton industry since 1967. CSD was formed through the vision of Australia’s foundation cotton growers and remains committed to the success of today’s industry.
CSD is a major investor in cotton breeding, research and development, having developed a long and successful partnership with the CSIRO Cotton Breeding Program. CSD’s objective is to deliver elite varieties that are specifically bred and adapted to suit local growing conditions by delivering yield and quality outcomes to keep the Australian cotton industry at the premium end of the global fibre market.
On behalf of the industry, CSD takes an active role in the development and licensing of best in class biotechnology traits that add value to the overall performance of CSD varieties and to Australian growers.
CSD also conducts large scale replicated trials focussed on new varieties, technologies and techniques to assess performance across diverse environmental conditions; and provides industry wide extension services focused on cotton production and agronomy via the CSD Extension and Development Agronomy team and CottonInfo.