A FRESH crop of the Australian cotton industry's best have been named as finalists in the 2021 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
Covering all aspects of the industry, the awards will honour producers and researchers alike from across Australia.
Vying for the Bayer Grower of the Year and AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year award will be; Howard Rother, Rother Farming, Cecil Plains, Queensland, Ian Carter, Connamara Partnership, Quirindi, NSW, Thomas Popp, RMI Pty Ltd, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Tony Quigley, Quigley Farms, Trangie, NSW and Ashley Geldard, Columboola Cotton, Miles, Queensland.
Meanwhile, James Kanaley, Kanaley Agricultural Consulting, Griffith, NSW, Emma Ayliffe, Summit Ag, Lake Cargelligo, NSW and Angus Dalgliesh, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dalby, Queensland are in contention for the ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year award.
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The finalists for the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year award are; Oliver Knox, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Iain Wilson, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is an Australian Government (CSIRO), Canberra, ACT and Mick Bange, formerly of the CSIRO, Narrabri, NSW.
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said the awards, which recognise resilience and innovation through the cotton supply chain, presented challenges for judges who had the difficult task of assessing nominees.
"We had many high-caliber nominations for this year's awards program, which was pleasing after a tough few years for our growers, as they managed their operations through drought and the pandemic," Mr Kay said.
"Our judges had the challenge of whittling down the nominations to select this year's awards finalists, which I am proud to announce today. The finalists are all high achievers in their own right and have attained significant success in adapting their farming operations to be as efficient and sustainable as possible.
"I thank everyone who nominated for the awards, and I wish the finalists all the best for the next stage in the awards process."
The winners will be announced at the 2021 Australian Cotton Collective in Toowoomba in August.
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