Cotton Australia, along with other industry partners and The Australian Cottongrower magazine, is delighted to announce the 2023 Cotton Collective will be held in Toowoomba on August 1 to 3.
Best described as “Mini Cotton Conference” the program will feature many of the activities that make the Australian Cotton Conference such an awesome event but packed into a more compact timeframe. The most recent Cotton Collective was held in Griffith in 2019, while there was an understandable break in 2021. But now it is back, bigger than ever and in Queensland for the first time.
The feature event will be the Cotton Collective Conference and Trade Show on August 2 & 3 which will be held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds, utilising the Glenvale Room and the huge undercover Founders pavilion.
The pavilion will be packed with the latest in Agtech and services for our industry, while the conference program will have something for everyone.
There will also be sessions on spraydrift management, irrigation automation, attracting and retaining staff, cotton diseases, sustainability and the always popular new technology session.
2023 Gold Sponsors
hitachiHitachi Construction Machinery
Achmea Farm Insurance69
ADM Trading Australia74
Agri Labour Australia & Agri Talent49
AgriRisk a Gallagher Company 60
Bale Runner81, 82
Bugs 4 Bugs36
EXCEL - GYRAL58
Hitachi Construction Machinery57, 78
Koch Fertiliser Australia15
Lindsay International ANZ29
Love Thy Farmer6
Lummus Ag Technology 20
Precision Seeding Solutions14
Queensland Farmers' Federation 25
Raw Cotton Australia23
SierraTek Global Pty Ltd71a
Stag Machinery Group - CASE IH67
The Crop Capsules Company55
Tractor Tales Signing Booth
White Cotton61a, 61b
WMC Solutions Australia Pty Ltd12
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland27
Trade Show Attractions
Growing up just around the corner in Clifton, Shane Webcke is no stranger to the Darling Downs, or to farming. After 26 tests for Australia, 24 Queensland jerseys and 12 seasons in the top tier of the country’s Rugby League competition, he turned his attention to farming, family, business, writing and guest speaking. Shane will be a key note speaker at this year’s Cotton Collective, and will also be appearing at the Thursday lunch break to help draw our major raffle prize.
Golfing with Growth Ag
Packing the clubs isn’t something that would feature high on the list when preparing for a trip to Toowoomba in August. Thanks to Growth Ag however, you’ll be able to work on the short game at their exclusive GolfSim site in the Founders Pavilion this year. And while there’s not enough time for a round of skins, you can have a crack at their ‘100m for $100’ competition, and also score a branded Dometic Esky if your short game puts you closest to the pin.
During the lunch break on both Wednesday and Thursday the Cotton Trade Show is proud to present Linda Capewell, a local singer with roots in Outback Queensland, for your aural entertainment. Growing up on sheep & cattle stations, she tuned her ear to Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks and Debbie Harry and was on the B&S Ball Circuit from age 17. Linda plays at venues all over South East Queensland, and has recently picked up a contract performing on Cruise Ships all over the world.
– “What’s on Australia’s Agricultural Horizon” – Tony Mahar – CEO, National Farmers Federation
11.40 - 12.00pm
– “Australia’s first Textile Recovery Technology: Why we need to give a Sheet” – Graham Ross – Founder, BlockTexx
12.00 - 12.55pm
– “Coming Home Safe” –Shane Webcke
12.55 - 1.00pm
Closing Remarks – Adam Kay – CEO, Cotton Australia
1.00 - 2.00pm
LUNCH – In the Founders Pavilion (Raffle Draw & Charity Auction)
2.00 - 4.00pm
Master Cotton Picker Class – Ross Munro – A great opportunity for an interactive discussion on getting the most out of your picker. Ideal for owners, contractors and their operators.
Cotton Collective Events
Namoi Cotton will sponsor a welcome drinks reception at The Rock, a fabulous entertainment venue in Ruthven Street. The cost of the welcome reception is $25 and any funds left over will go to the nominated Cotton Collective charity, Are You Bogged Mate?.
Cotton Bus Tour
The Collective will start off on Tuesday, August 1 with a cotton tour focusing on Agtech in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs which is now a major area for cotton research and extension and a centre for manufacture and distribution of innovative agricultural technology.
The tour will start at Toowoomba Tafe college to look at vertical farming using Grow Pods and the John Deere training and the engineering and apprentice workshop. Speaker Mark Germishuy will cover risk management, data science and artificial intelligence, applied particularly to agribusinesses.
The TAFE hospitality students will provide the catering for lunch.
In the afternoon, the tour will move to the University of Southern Queensland which is a vital hub for innovative cotton research and a global leader in ag technology. Topics covered will include:
Autonomous surface irrigation – sensors and systems;
Whitefly app development;
Hypersonics and rocketry;
Automated nitrogen delivery; and,
Airbus flight simulator & aviation study program.
Australian Cotton Awards Dinner
On the Wednesday night, the industry will gather at the Empire Theatre Complex for the 2023 Australian Cotton Industry Awards. This is the event of the year for the cotton industry and will almost certainly be a sellout, so make sure you get your tickets early. The heritage listed art deco Empire Theatre was built in 1911 and is worth a visit by itself.