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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


Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences operate in 40 countries, employ more than 2,000 scientists and spend more than $500 million annually on discovery and development.  In Australia and New Zealand alone there are three global research stations, in addition to numerous trial locations across all production areas.  These extensive facilities have led to new chemistry launches as well as innovative modifications to existing chemistry, with a string of new generation products being released recently, specifically for Australian conditions.



Silver Sponsors


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.


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.


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.



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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