Having a boll: can cotton maintain its momentum?
Friday 24 June 2022
12:30 for 1pm
Book now to hear our specialist panel’s views on how the cotton industry is embracing new farming horizons, business challenges and scrutiny over sustainability.
With cotton prices at an exceptional $950 a bale and a new breed of pioneers developing ambitious ventures across northern and southern Australia, this is an industry on the go.
Regardless of wet weather setbacks, this year’s 5.5 million bale harvest will be worth about $4 billion.
Cotton has captivated some of our biggest agribusiness corporates and family farmers big and small, from North Queensland and the Northern Territory down to the NSW-Victorian border and west to the Ord Irrigation Area.
As peak industry body Cotton Australia marks a memorable 50 years fronting one of our fastest growing farm sectors, we ask whether this industry’s growth momentum can really be sustained; where next for the ever-confident cotton sector; and how producers and processors are managing soaring production costs and intense environmental scrutiny.
Join our panel of experts as they discuss why Australia’s cotton industry is having a boll.
- Pete Johnson - LFS Agri broker, trade intelligence specialist and NT sharefarmer
- Fleur Anderson - Cotton Australia director and Queensland farmer
- Tony Quigley - Trangie farmer, Cotton Seed Distributors director and 2021 Australian Cotton Grower of the Year
Pete owns and runs LFS Agri, a boutique grain and cotton intelligence and cash brokerage business servicing farmers predominately in northern NSW, southern Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Ord region of WA.
Prior to establishing the business in 2008, he was a cotton trader and Australian general manager for Weil Brothers Cotton, selling Australian cotton to China, South East Asia and the Sub Continent.
Pete is also a director and shareholder in Top End Sharefarming, which has grown dryland cotton in the Douglas Daly region of the NT for the past two seasons.
Fleur is a cotton grower and community relations executive based at Theodore in Central Queensland.
She is involved with husband Kirk and his family’s 800ha cotton operation, is a past president of the Dawson Valley Cotton Growers Association and was the industry’s 2011 Young Achiever of the Year.
Originally an agribusiness graduate, Fleur is now a specialist in regional development and stakeholder relations, working with Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has been a Cotton Australia director for nine years, also chairing its Australian Cotton Conference committee and the Australian Cotton Industry Forum.
Tony is a fourth generation Macquarie Valley farmer at Trangie and Nevertire where he and his wife Sally, and sons Tom, George and Richie, operate a number of properties trading as Quigley Farms.
He is also vice chairman of industry seed breeding and supply business Cotton Seed Distributors, a director of the Trangie Nevertire Co-operative Irrigation Scheme and last year won the Cotton Grower of the Year Award.
The Quigleys grow irrigated cotton and cereal, canola, chickpea and faba bean rotations and run Poll Hereford-Angus cross cattle and a Merino-cross prime lamb operation.
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