Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, servicing growers in NSW and Queensland. Cotton Australia is a legislated representative organisation in the cotton industry to the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). In this role, Cotton Australia advises both the Cotton CRC and CRDC on cotton grower priorities in research, development and extension areas, and lobbies research issues on behalf of cotton growers.
The Cotton CRC has worked closely with Cotton Australia to develop and implement the industry’s Best Management Practices (BMP) program, which is industry’s commitment to the world’s best practice in cotton production. Over the life of the Cotton CRC, Cotton Australia has been involved with 60 research and extension projects.
Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) is the industry’s largest supplier of cotton planting seed, from improved varieties bred in Australia. CSD works closely with CSIRO Division of Plant Industry to have available the best possible varietal performance in conventional material and the transgenic market, combining the attributes of the conventional varieties with the best possible biotechnology performance.
NSW Department of Primary Industries acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development
of primary industries in New South Wales. With a staff of 3500 based at over 130 locations across the state, the department delivers a wide range of services to primary industries and rural communities. The partnership between the Cotton CRC and NSW DPI is crucial as it provides the support need to extend research and promote adoption within the Australian cotton industry. The Cotton CRC is headquartered at the Australian Cotton Research Institute at Myall Vale, near Narrabri, which is operated by NSW DPI. Over the life of the Cotton CRC, NSW DPI has been involved in 55 research and adoption projects.
The University of New England (UNE) is one of Australia’s leading regional universities, and a major provider of distance education, serving over 17,000 students globally. Based in Armidale, NSW, UNE is the closest university to major cotton growing regions. UNE researchers and students have been involved in 57 research projects across all research programs, this has included 20 PhD students. The Cotton CRC Cotton Production Course is facilitated by UNE.
University of New South Wales was established in 1949, and has expanded rapidly and now has close to 40,000 students. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs. Cotton CRC works with the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental science and the UNSW Water Research Laboratory. UNSW researchers have been involved in 11 projects with the Cotton CRC, primarily in The Catchment Program.
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency. CSIRO has bought expertise and infrastructure through its Plant Industry (PI), Entomology, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Land & Water, and Sustainable Ecosystems divisions. CSIRO researchers have been involved in 105 research projects across all research programs of the Cotton CRC.
The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) is a partnership between the Australian cotton industry and the Australian people, through the Australian Government. CRDC invests in research, development and its adoption that leads to increased productivity, competitiveness and environmental sustainability which benefits the Australian cotton industry and the wider community. CRDC is a significant investor in, and the largest commercial partner of, the Cotton CRC, investing in 150 projects across all programs.
The new Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) includes the former Department of Primary
Industries and Fisheries. It promotes profitable primary industries for Queensland by providing expertise and support to assist the State’s food and fibre industries to increase productivity, improve sustainability, grow markets and adapt to change. The partnership with the Cotton CRC has been crucial, as it provided the support needed to extend research and promote adoption within the Australian cotton industry. Staff from DEEDI involved in 50 research projects the Cotton CRC, in The Farm and The Adoption programs.
WA DAF assists that State's Agriculture, Food and Fibre sectors to be sustainable and profitable, with a clear focus on export-led growth. The Department enhances the international competitiveness of the State's agribusiness by working with them to meet the increasingly demanding standards for safety and quality of food and fibre products produced in a sustainable way. Over the past 7 years the Cotton CRC has conducted 7 projects with staff of WA DAF, centred on the Ord River region of Western Australia.
UTS is a dynamic and cosmopolitan university that marks the gateway to Sydney. The Cotton CRC has been engaged in six research projects with UTS, primarily in The Catchment Program.
The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research excellence. The Cotton CRC has worked closely with the Faculty of Agriculture through 53 collaborative projects, this has included 16 PhD students