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The Conference organising committee is currently developing an engaging program of expert speakers, topics and issues to be covered over three days of presentations, panel discussions, interactive forums and events. As our program develops we’ll add in further detail below

Tuesday, August 7

Pushing Boundaries

  • Cotton communities & how they shape up – Simon Kuestenmacher, The Demographics Group
  • Leadership, resilience and change- UN peacekeeper Martina Jewell
  • The next generation in agriculture with futurist Thomas Frey

Dollars and Dirt

  • Adding $2 billion in gross value to Australian cotton
  • Cotton’s global perspective
  • Profitability trends
  • The future technology pipeline

War on Weeds

  • Gene technology and the world of traits
  • Drift events and implications
  • Spray drift hazard IT systems
  • Emerging resistance issues

Farms of the future

  • Driverless tractors
  • On-farm robotics
  • Command and control networks

The climate question

  • What’s the future for managing our modern climate?
  • Quantifying the yield effect
  • Interdecadal variation
  • Managing climatic extremes
  • What climate models should you use?

Refuges & rotations – the world of IPM

  • International perspectives on emerging threats
  • Think like an insect
  • Are we paying lip service?
  • Area wide management of whitefly

Pitch from the Paddock

  • Startups will showcase their ready-to-market innovative products/services

Day One Close

Day one will close with IPF Welcome Drinks

Wednesday, August 8

Farming in the Age of Twitter

An early breakfast workshop on telling your social media agricultural story. Good coffee, Berocca and bacon & egg muffins will have you ready to roll for the day

Australia – our place in the global market – customers & competitors

  • Trade wars – China, global & Australian trade relations
  • Bangladesh – the new hungry tiger for cotton
  • Manmade fibres – friend or foe
  • Cotton fights back – countering the manmade fibre revolution

Jump on the brandwagon: influencing our supply chain

  • Global and Australian brands using Australian cotton
  • Influencing global and Australian NGOs
  • Revolution Day

New products & new ideas

Fast and furious, you’ll be treated to a host of new products and new ideas – speed-dating style

Smarter irrigation for profit

  • Precise and automated control systems
  • Remote controlled irrigation
  • Improving WUE in a challenging climate
  • Connectivity and water productivity

Business Strategy

Business in focus – strategising your business

Joining the dots – farm connectivity

  • Precision to decision agriculture
  • Options for connectivity
  • Setting up the farm for connectivity

Turbocharge your crop – soils & nutrition

  • Increasing profitability with nitrogen use efficiency
  • Optimising the management of manure
  • Soil system research

A lasting legacy – farm and business succession

  • A primary producer’s legacy
  • New ways of farm ownership

Gain with rain – dryland cropping

  • PGRs
  • Harvest trials
  • Cover cropping

Thursday, August 9

The lay of the land – understanding perceptions

  • What are people saying – consumer insight research
  • Social credentials to farm cotton

Cotton Clinic – diagnosing & treating disease

  • Managing diseases of cotton
  • New approaches to disease
  • Diagnostics
  • Nematodes, verticillium, soil microbes and more

Power up – the road to renewables

  • Solar cotton farming
  • Battery storage
  • Hydrogen fuel

Turning the Tide

  • Current state of play for the Murray Darling Basin Plan
  • Water management – the world versus Australia
  • Water compliance, telemetry, data transfer

Fibre Fantastic – agronomy for fibre quality

  • Designer fibres
  • Quantifying seedling vigour
  • Defloiation practices
  • Weathering, honeydew & fungal agents

Geek zone – blockchain, tech & social media

  • What the heck is blockchain?
  • Apps
  • Integration
  • Social media

Towards zero – the importance of ag safety

  • Farm safety with Maroons and Broncos legend Shane Webcke
  • Lessons learnt from a fatality
  • Powerlines

iFarm – the role of data & digital

  • The value proposition for digital ag tools
  • Agri intelligence in cotton production systems
  • Data and privacy

Pushing your own boundaries

  • Emerging technologies and cotton – towards 2030
  • What can we learn from cheese – a look at what Bega Cheese has done
  • An irreverent and overview of the Australian cotton industry with The Betoota Advocate
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