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New Look Conference Committee

5 March, 2024

New Look Conference Committee

Many may not know the Australian Cotton Conference is run by a committee of volunteers from across many sectors of our industry.

This year 27 individuals representing 7 farm businesses and 16 industry groups and companies will come together to help lead the organisation for this huge event that will attract upwards of 2,500 people.

In 2024, 15 committee members are new to the job, which provides a great opportunity for fresh ideas and perspectives.

First timers include representatives from CSIRO, Crop Consultants Australia, Cotton Australia, Viterra, Sydney University and CottonInfo as well as many individual farmers from across the cotton regions.

According to new Committee member, Vice President of Crop Consultants Australia, Damien Erbacher, it’s really encouraging to see a changing of the guard.

“We’re living in an evolving world and I’m really keen to make sure Conference focuses on the science and the issues that will help growers and industry focus on the future such as biosecurity, digital and AI.

“I’m also interested in getting the balance right between the social networking opportunities at Conference and in-depth learning which at the end of the day is going to help us achieve the conference theme of Cultivating Excellence,” Damien said.

Balancing out the newness are a number of experienced members who’ve been there since the start and attended the very first conference in 1986.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay is one of those, as is the Cotton Grower Magazine’s David Dowling who is now managing the Trade Hall for Conference.

“It’s incredible to see how the Conference has grown and changed over the decades but one thing remains constant – Conference is the most important event we have for bringing the cotton industry together, all under one roof, to share and learn from one another.

“It helps us focus on the research and innovation that underpins our success as well as the big picture issues that will impact us all. There really is no other conference like it,” Adam said.

The committee’s role is to meet regularly to discuss ideas, put forward suggestions for speakers and topics and provide feedback on the numerous conferences activities from Kids Club to catering, delegates gifts to fundraising for our nominated charity.

The Committee is open to suggestions and feedback which can be provided by contacting the Conference Secretariat at

For a full list of committee members, please click here.

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