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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


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.


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.



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.


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.



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!”


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

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.



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.

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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