Australian Cotton Industry Awards returns this year

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After being put on hold last year due to the pandemic, the Australian Cotton Industry Awards will finally push through this 2021 to celebrate the achievements of Australian cotton growers.

“Last year we were all impacted by COVID -19, but the quality of our cotton was not compromised,” said Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay, who announced the opening of nominations earlier today.

“The annual awards program is all about recognising the hard work, commitment, research and innovation that goes into the production of our cotton, and that sentiment is echoed by many Australian manufacturers who increasingly demand Australian cotton for their quality clothing and other items.”

Nominators are open for the following categories:

  • Bayer Grower of the Year
  • AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year
  • ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year
  • Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year
  • IPF Service to Industry Award

Domestic cotton production suffered losses in 2021 due to the pandemic and ongoing drought.

Kay opined that the award will not only recognize outstanding contributors to the industry but will also “present an opportunity for others to learn from the best.”

“We have up to 1,500 growers producing cotton around Australia and there are prospects of future industry growth in the country’s north. The respect that is generated by programs like the awards is significant, and the desire to share the good news is very much part of our culture as primary producers,” said Cotton Australia Chairman Hamish McIntyre.

The 2021 Australian Cotton Industry Awards is sponsored by Bayer, ADAMA, AgriEisk, Cotton Seed Distributors and Incitec Pivot Fertilisers.

Those interested may apply through the online nomination form at Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 26th March 2021.