THE finalists in the 2021 Australian Cotton Industry Awards have been announced.
Cotton Australia chief executive officer Adam Kay said there had been many high-caliber nominations for this year's awards program, which was pleasing after a tough few years because of drought and the pandemic.
"Our judges had the challenge of whittling down the nominations to select this year's awards finalists, which I am proud to announce today," Mr Kay said.
"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 awards recognise resilience and innovation through the cotton supply chain.
The finalists in the 2021 Australian Cotton Industry Awards are:
Bayer Grower of the Year and AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year
- Howard Rother, Rother Farming, Cecil Plains, Qld.
- Ian Carter, Connamara Partnership, Quirindi, NSW.
- Thomas Popp, RMI Pty Ltd, Goondiwindi, Qld.
- Tony Quigley, Quigley Farms, Trangie, NSW.
- Ashley Geldard, Columboola Cotton, Miles, Qld.
ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever of the Year
- James Kanaley, Kanaley Agricultural Consulting, Griffith, NSW.
- Emma Ayliffe, Summit Ag, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.
- Angus Dalgliesh, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dalby, Qld.
Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year
- Oliver Knox, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.
- Iain Wilson, CSIRO, Canberra, ACT.
- Mick Bange, CSIRO (formerly), Narrabri, NSW.
Awards recipients will be announced at the 2021 Australian Cotton Collective in Toowoomba in August.
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia's cotton growing industry.
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