CSD reflects on the year that was 2018

19 December, 2018

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CSIRO Chairman, David Thodey AO and CSD Chair, James Kahl commemorate the opening of CSD's new production facilities in June 2018.

Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd. (CSD) are celebrating another busy and successful calendar year, with a number of milestones, infrastructure and technology developments, and new appointments to both the board and staff.

We began 2018 from our new facilities at ‘Shenstone’, Wee Waa, which include a cotton seed processing plant fitted with world leading delinting and treating technology, a laboratory, administration complex and expanded seed storage facilities.

Our production team maintained the existing seed delinting and treating equipment which was used during the 2018 season; during which time the new, specialised plant and equipment was installed and commissioned. Completion of the redevelopment project is expected in time for the 2019 season, and will enable CSD to supply cotton planting seed for up to one million hectares of cotton, in any one season.

The new infrastructure was officially opened in June, with almost 400 guests, including CSD members and staff, industry supporters and strategic partners, gathering at ‘Shenstone’ for the occasion.

CSIRO Chairman, David Thodey AO officially opened the facilities, praising the partnership between CSD and CSIRO which has seen 47 years of collaboration and 113 cotton varieties released to market. This partnership was formalised in 2007, through the Cotton Breeding Australia (CBA) joint venture – a targeted research fund which has since invested in excess of $110 million towards the research and breeding of future cotton varieties for Australian growers. In an exciting announcement, David Thodey revealed the joint decision by CSD and CSIRO for the extension of the CBA partnership from July 2024 to June 2029.

CSD were proud to continue as Foundation Sponsor of the Australian Cotton Conference, and to continue our support of the Australian Cotton Industry Awards, sponsoring the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year category. This year, it was awarded to the University of Southern Queensland’s smart automated irrigation team – Dr Joseph Foley, Dr Alison McCarthy and Dr Malcolm Gillies.

New additions to CSD’s team throughout the year included the election of St George cotton grower, Cleave Rogan to the Board of Directors, at CSD’s Annual General Meeting in June. Elsie Hudson and Andrew McKay joined the CottonInfo extension team in the Namoi Valley and Border Rivers regions, respectively; while Elsie McClenaghan and Jesse Nancarrow joined the CSD Farms team as a Junior Farm Assistants.

CSD would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, customers, partners and supporters for their continued support in 2018. We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and may 2019 be a successful season for the Australian cotton industry.