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The 2018 Australian Cotton Conference would simply not exist without the generous support of the following corporate partners, whose help enables us to deliver world class speakers in a state-of-the-art facility, at a very reasonable cost.  Please support the organisations and businesses that support us.

Foundation Sponsors

Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd

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 focused 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 joint venture, in partnership with CRDC and Cotton Australia.

CSD is proud to be a Foundation Sponsor of the Cotton Conference, and again looks forward to welcoming delegates from all sectors of the Australian cotton industry.


Cotton Research & Development Corporation

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) is proud to be a foundation sponsor for the 19th Australian Cotton Conference.

CRDC invests in research, development and extension (RD&E) projects for the Australian cotton industry. Our purpose is to support the performance of the cotton industry: helping to increase both productivity and profitability of our growers.

The cotton industry has always placed great emphasis on the value of its RD&E and the results speak for themselves. Over the past 10 years alone RD&E has helped cotton growers reduce their pesticide use by 87 percent and increase their water use efficiency by 40 percent.

Thanks to RD&E Australian cotton growers are now growing more cotton on less land with less impact on the environment. Of course such gains are not RD&E’s alone. They simply would not be possible without collaboration – be it with growers, researchers, industry bodies, the Government or the wider sector – and we are pleased to be one of many partners involved in collaborating on the Australian Cotton Conference.

We look forward to showcasing the latest findings and outcomes from the world of cotton RD&E to you at this year’s conference.


Gold Sponsors


For over 45 years, ANZ has partnered with Australia’s foremost cotton growers, ginners and marketers. We’ve combined this experience with specialised finance and treasury services (including interest rate management, and foreign exchange). This is all brought together through dedicated relationship management, structured trade solutions and innovative commodity financing options.

ANZ has provided banking solutions to business in food, beverage and agribusiness since 1865, to the point where we are now the leading bank in Australia and New Zealand for overall and lead-bank penetration (Peter Lee & Associates 2017).

Our strengths lie in our:

  • Experience of crafting solutions that meet specific client needs
  • Focus on working together with clients to achieve successful outcomes
  • Comprehensive network of connections across Asia Pacific.

ANZ at a glance*:

  • Top 5 listed company on the ASX
  • Number 1 Lead Bank (Peter Lee & Associates 2014, 2016 & 2017)
  • Top 4 Corporate Bank in Asia (Greenwich Associates Asian Large Corporate Banking Survey 2017)
  • AA band credit rating
  • Operates in 34 key markets globally in geographies which represent over 75% of global trade flows

*current as at January 2018


ADAMA Australia

ADAMA Australia is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of crop protection solutions, with a heritage of nearly 70 years.

At ADAMA Australia we understand that farming is complex and full of ever increasing challenges. We recognise that in order to make a genuine difference, we can’t do this alone. Neither can farmers. So we work together with our partners in Australia and around the world to find ways to simplify it.

Together, we develop simple, practical and innovative solutions in crop protection and beyond to make the complex job of farming a little easier. We will provide products and information that is accessible, easy to use and delivers results.

When it comes to Cotton, we’ve developed a comprehensive range of crop protection solutions for Cotton growers to keep crops clean, maximise yields and help manage resistance. From pre-planting to picking, we have the largest and most trusted portfolio in Cotton. We’re also proud supporters of the ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year Award at the Australian Cotton Industry Awards.


AWH Pty Ltd

Tracing our heritage back to 1843 in Geelong and renamed in 1998, AWH is the largest independent logistics services provider to the Australian cotton industry. Handling over 1 million bales of cotton annually, AWH is also the world’s largest wool logistics company, handling over 1 million bales annually as well as owning and operating the 3 National Wool selling centers. With 15 locations across the country including in all major capitals and 10 regional areas,  AWH also provides an array of general logistics services to the agri-business, construction, renewable energy and retail/wholesale industry sectors. Wholly owned subsidiary AWH Global is a specialist freight forwarding and import/export business which coordinates the export of over 450 million kgs of wool and cotton fibre annually.


Case IH

Drawing on over 175 years of heritage and experience in the agriculture industry, Case IH provides a powerful range of tractors, combines and balers supported by a global network of highly professional dealers dedicated to providing our customers with the superior support required to be productive in the 21st century.


Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies and crop protection. Corteva Agriscience has developed some of the best talent, technology, innovation and R&D capabilities that will help farmers grow better, abundant and healthier crops. Our purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.



Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is committed to supplying cotton and summer crop growers with the right fertilisers for optimum crop nutrition, growth and profit.

Our team works closely with a network of local Dealers based in Queensland and New South Wales to support cotton and summer crop growers all year round.

Growers know that good nutrition is needed to achieve good economic returns.

Dryland and irrigated crops need high levels of nitrogen, with pre-plant applications starting up to six months prior to planting. Phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and zinc may also be applied in the lead up to sowing or at sowing to give crops all the nutrients they need.

Foliar sprays, topdress applications, water run and sidedress applications are used during the season to keep the nutrition up to hungry, fast growing crops.

Fertiliser blends are also available to address multiple or unbalanced nutrient needs.

Our product range is supported by sound science, including ongoing trial work uncovering new plant nutrition insights for productivity and sustainability.

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers’ Dealers are well placed to assist cotton and summer crop growers with soil and plant tissue testing, using our reputable Nutrient Advantage laboratory.


John Deere

John Deere Limited is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference.

Today, Deere & Company is one of the world’s most admired businesses. Since its founding over 175 years ago, John Deere remains committed to those who are linked to the land. We work every day to uphold our founder’s core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. They are values we live and breathe – values found in every product, service, and opportunity we offer.

For those who cultivate and harvest the land. For those who transform and enrich the land. For those who build upon the land. John Deere is committed to your success. Because our passion and purpose is to help you become more profitable and productive, we will continue to test the boundaries of innovation within the cotton industry. That is why John Deere is uniquely positioned to be the equipment supplier of choice.


Monsanto Australia Ltd

Monsanto is a global agricultural company, providing products for growers of fruit, vegetables, grains and cotton.

Our mission is to help farmers produce more food and fibre while conserving more of our natural resources like water and energy.

As well as providing growers with the best seed genetics and technologies to help them manage weeds, pests, and disease, we work with farmers and scientists to improve soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimise damage from pests and disease.

We have 20,000 employees around the world who are all helping to make this happen, including our Australian team at our head office in Melbourne, research lab in Toowoomba and farm near Narrabri.



Orica takes a holistic approach to fertiliser, ensuring business continuity all year round.Our Precision™ nitrogen fertilisers offer flexibility across a range of application programs, providing you with greater control. We have manufacturing plants along the East Coast and a dedicated delivery fleet providing safe and reliable supply of fertiliser direct to farms. We’re committed to continuous R&D and our field trials offer credible local evidence farmers rely on. Our technical field teams work collaboratively with you and your people on site, so that you and your team are able to handle Ammonia safely and with confidence.  We can help your farm increase efficiency, improve crop performance and manage risk.


Silver Sponsors

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing multi cargo ports, handling almost $50 billion of international trade annually; equivalent to approximately 15% of Queensland’s GSP. Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River, the Port is managed and developed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL), under a 99 year lease from the Queensland Government. With over $1.6 billion in capital works invested over the last 20 years, the Port is a dynamic engine for economic growth throughout Queensland and northern NSW, offering significant strategic advantages to trade exposed companies operating in the region. A critical trade hub for many of Queensland’s largest consumer, agricultural and resources export markets, the Port handles a majority of Queensland’s agriculture exports, including around 50% of Australia’s cotton crop. Under PBPL management, the Port of Brisbane is the first Australian port to host three semi-automated stevedores. It offers world class deep water marine facilities, integrated cargo handling infrastructure and strong landside transport connectivity to major arterial road and rail networks, ensuring customers can maximise logistics and transport efficiencies.


Qube Logistics

Qube Logistics is the largest integrated third party container logistics provider in Australia. It operates services covering road and rail transport, warehousing and distribution, container parks and related services, and intermodal logistics hubs including rail terminals and international freight forwarding. These services can be combined as an integrated solution or tailored to meet individual client needs.

Over the past four years, Qube Logistics has extensively developed and expanded its logistics portfolio to become Australia’s single biggest provider of logistics services.

Today Qube Logistics is focused on growing and developing its infrastructure and establishing additional strategic logistics hubs at both the port and inland locations. These hubs will have the ability and focus to allow rail to develop as an alternative method of transport. In conjunction with this operating plan, Qube Logistics will continue to develop cutting-edge technology and applications to provide clients with a complete supply chain solution.



Rabobank Australia and Rabobank New Zealand are a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has nearly 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness.

Rabobank operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.7 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1,000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia and Rabobank New Zealand are among their countries’ leading rural lenders and are significant providers of business and corporate banking and financial services to the Australian and New Zealand food and agribusiness sector. Rabobank has 94 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand in all major agricultural regions.



Syngenta – Bringing plant potential to life

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources.

As the world’s population grows we need to find new ways of growing more food on less land, with less water, while preserving biodiversity and the natural environment.    New technology will play an essential role in underpinning sustainable and profitable farming for the future.

Investing over $1.4 billion in research and development annually, Syngenta is strongly focused on leveraging the best of our global technology portfolio to deliver Australian growers unrivalled crop solutions.

Integrated solutions, which combine leading seed varieties, seed care and crop protection technology, with agronomic insights and support, will enable Australian growers to achieve new levels of productivity and performance.

Syngenta looks forward to continuing to work closely with Australian growers to deliver the innovative solutions they will require to succeed in growing more from less.

For more information please visit: www.syngenta.com.au


Yara’s knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers’, distributors’ and industrial customers’ businesses profitably and responsibly, while protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment.

Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with more than 15,000 employees and sales to more than 160 countries.

Yara can look back on 20 years of business in Australia supporting farmers, horticulturalists and greenhouse growers throughout the country. Yara Australia is based throughout the east coast of Australia with our head office in McMahons Point, Sydney.In addition to this, Yara Australia operate 3 liquid fertiliser manufacturing plants which are based at Moree and Griffith in New South Wales and Boundary Bend in Victoria.


Partner Sponsors

Cotton Compass

Cotton Compass is a subscription based weekly market wire specifically tailored for the Australian cotton industry and its markets in Asia – providing real time information relevant to your business. We outline and analyse both the ICE futures markets and physical cash markets on both an FOT ginyard and CIF Asian basis. Cotton Compass runs regular surveys of subscribers and industry to get first hand independent input into production, marketing and logistics issues affecting the Australian industry.


Lummus Corporation

Lummus Corporation is the world’s leading full-line supplier of machinery and replacement parts for the cotton ginning industry worldwide, under our Lummus, Consolidated and BeltWide brands. We also provide design, installation, field and technical service support for our customers in the USA and throughout the world; and, through our Carver and Gump product lines, we manufacture, market and service machinery and aftermarket parts for the oilseed processing and food industries worldwide. Lummus also manufactures and sells a line of machinery and parts for the synthetic fiber industry.

Make Lummus the first stop for all of your machinery, parts and service needs. We’re committed to your success and stand ready to serve you. We really are “large enough to serve, small enough to care!”


NSW Ports

NSW Ports manages Port Botany and Port Kembla, key export and import gateways connecting to global and domestic markets, and the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre and the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal.

NSW Ports is a private consortium of leading institutional investors: IFM Investors (including Cbus, HESTA and Hostplus), Australian Super, Tawreed Investments Limited and Q Super.  Our shareholders represent over five million Australian superannuation fund members and are long term investors with interests in a range of Australian infrastructure assets.

Our vision is to be a world class port and logistics manager driving sustainable growth.

Namoi Logistics

At Namoi Logistics, we understand that deadlines mean dollars.  That’s why we do everything in our power and go the extra mile to ensure prompt pickups and your deliveries arrive on time.

From as far north as Emerald, down to southern NSW, right over to Menindee Lakes in the west, everywhere in between, and a bit beyond too, we load cotton bales.

Namoi Logistics are passionate about the cotton industry.  We are one of Australia’s leading third party logistics providers in the agricultural sector working with some of the nation’s largest and most visible corporations servicing all or part of their supply chain requirements.

Whether it is local or across state lines, there is one name you can rely on to get the job done…. Namoi Logistics – loads of service.

Port of Melbourne

Port of Melbourne is the strategic manager of Australasia’s largest maritime hub for the efficient movement of automotive and containerised cargo. With around 3,000 commercial ship calls to the port each year, the Port of Melbourne is a key economic asset which handles over 2.6 million containers annually and supports the prosperity of thousands of businesses and the daily lives of families across south eastern Australia.

Responsible for the integrated management and development of land and maritime functions, Port of Melbourne is charged with managing its operations in a sustainable manner to ensure it continues to provide economic and community benefits now and in the future.

Port of Melbourne once again is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s Australian Cotton Conference.

For further information, please visit www.portofmelbourne.com

Port of Newcastle

Port of Newcastle is Australia’s East Coast supply chain alternative offering cost and time efficient logistics solutions. Port of Newcastle is already the largest port on the East Coast, handling a diverse range of cargo types, including dry bulk, project bulk liquids, break bulk and RO-RO. The Port is now advancing with its plans to build a world-class deep sea container terminal.

A Newcastle container terminal will increase the competitiveness of Australian importers and exporters, delivering transport cost savings for central, west and northern NSW exporters of more than 30%.

The Port of Newcastle’s competitive advantages include:

  • Direct access to the national heavy vehicle and highway network, north, south and west – no tolls, minimal traffic lights and significant latent capacity;
  • Closer proximity to major NSW export and import hubs providing a shorter, more efficient journey;
  • Receival of trains up to 1.5km in length; and
  • A channel that can accommodate a significant increase in vessel movements with no impact on current trade throughput or terminal turnaround times.

Port of Newcastle has the land, channel and supply chain connections to begin now.


Samuel Jackson, Inc

Samuel Jackson, Incorporated (SJI) is the world-wide leader in moisture control technologies for cotton gins. We work with Australian gins to provide powerful moisture restoration solutions, high air volume drying strategies and the most fuel-efficient and reliable heaters. SJI invests significant time and resources in designing Australian Gas Association friendly combustion products. Many Australian gins have high expectations for efficiency, quality and production and we are honored that they choose Samuel Jackson products and services to meet those demands.



Tapex Agri

Tama is a world leader in the manufacture of crop packaging products, combining farming experience, with cutting-edge agricultural technology, for farmers around the globe.

This rich experience and our own familiarity with mechanical cotton harvesting on our farm, positioned Tama to cooperate with John Deere and develop the new packaging for cotton being baled as part of the harvest process.

The On Board Module concept is an exclusive joint venture of John Deere, which developed the harvester and Tama, which developed the wrap for the round modules (RMW™).

Tapex Agri is the Australian subsidiary of Tama.


Toyoshima & Co, Ltd

Founded in 1841, Toyoshima & Co, Ltd traded raw materials such as cotton and wool in addition to yarns, fabrics and garments. As a vertical textile trading company, Toyoshima continues to expand and grow together with their partners around the world.

Toyoshima has been involved in the Australian cotton industry for close to 30 years and is delighted to be part of the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference.


TransGlobal Inspections

TransGlobal Inspections is an internationally-known and respected specialist in raw cotton inspection. Our global network of affiliates consists of highly qualified, professional cotton controllers with an in-depth knowledge of local practices.

TransGlobal provides unparalleled personalised cotton inspection services. Leading-edge technology provides clients with instant access to our globally networked information systems. Beyond technology, we at TransGlobal still enjoy the person touch of a phone call and a handshake. Our management in the US and Europe will always be willing to personally assist you with your needs.

TransGlobal Inspections is poised to offer the best of all worlds – reliable personalised service, leading-edge technology and an accomplished team of professionals ready to be on your on the spot partner, the world over.

For further information please visit www.tginspections.com.

Trimble Agriculture

Trimble Agriculture provides solutions that solve complex technology challenges across the entire agricultural supply chain. The solutions enable farmers and advisors to allocate scarce resources to produce a safe, reliable food supply in a profitable and environmentally sustainable manner. Covering all seasons, crops, terrains and farm sizes, Trimble precision agriculture solutions can be used on most equipment on the farm, regardless of manufacturer. Driving efficiency and profitability in the field, we offer field solutions for vehicle and implement guidance and steering; flow and application control; irrigation, drainage and land leveling; harvest and yield monitoring; and a broad suite of correction services. Our Trimble Ag Software provides farmers with tools that support better management decisions and drive profitability. Tracking field records, assessing detailed soil properties, implementing precision ag practices and measuring ROI becomes simple and efficient.

Trimble’s Agriculture Partner Network – Our Vantage partners are experts in precision ag, serving as a farmer’s Precision Agriculture Center of Excellence, providing advice on the right combination of solutions and integrating the many complex precision agriculture processes across a farm. They work tirelessly to ensure your hardware, software, agronomic recommendations and data you collect, work seamlessly together to improve farm efficiency and productivity.

Wakefield Inspection Services

Wakefield Inspection Services, a world leader in the cotton controlling industry, has established the standard for reliability and quality in global cotton inspection. The foundation of our service is simple: to ensure our clients consistently receive an accurate, objective and timely inspection. Our worldwide network of independent Wakefield and correspondents offices serve all major shipping and receiving points. SITC/HVI and Classing services are also available in our own laboratories located in most of the major cotton production and consuming regions.


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