Members of the cotton community gathered at a gala dinner in Goondiwindi on Thursday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD).
Over 80 guests from across the Border Rivers and Balonne districts, including past and present growers, CSD staff, industry partners, researchers, suppliers and consultants, gathered to mark the occasion and recognise those who have contributed to the sustained success of the company.
CSD Managing Director, Peter Graham said the dinner at Goondiwindi was an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past half-century, and also to look to the future direction of the Australian cotton industry.
“This is our opportunity to thank the founders of CSD, our staff and our customers – the cotton growers,” he said.
“CSD is, and has always been, a member based and grower focused company.
“In celebrating our 50th year of service to the Australian cotton industry, CSD has been able to thrive and grow both in Australia and internationally, while staying true to the vision and values on which the company was founded.”
Founded in April 1967 by a group of cotton growers in the Namoi Valley of north-west New South Wales, CSD is Australia’s sole supplier of cotton planting seed and is one of few independently owned and controlled cotton seed companies in the world today.
CSD celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, with a function at its head office near Wee Waa in north-west New South Wales, and a series of regional functions across Queensland and New South Wales.
CSD have a number of staff servicing the Border Rivers and Balonne districts, as well as local cotton grower and Board Director, Nigel Corish.