Cotton Industry Identity Retires

26 September, 2007

After 37 years in the cotton industry, including 22 years as secretary of the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association (ACGRA), and organiser of 12 of the last 14 biennial Australian Cotton Conferences, David Swallow has retired.

Mr Swallow joined Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (CSD) in 1970 as Quality Control Officer overseeing and supervising pure seed production, processing and laboratory testing.

He was appointed Assistant General Manager of CSD in 1980, and General Manager from November 1993 to December 1997.In November 1994 he became a Director and Secretary of Cotton Seed International Pty.Ltd (CSI), serving on the CSI board until December 1997.

He became Secretary of ACGRA in June 1985, also sharing responsibility for organising and implementing several ACGRA Cotton Conferences. He also helped coordinate the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s 59th Plenary Meeting in Cairns in November 2000.

He was a key member of the Blight Investigation Group (BIG) that within three years facilitated a reduction in the level of Bacterial Blight in cotton planting seed to less than 0.3 per cent, which was a precursor to the introduction of varieties resistant to Bacterial Blight.

David and his wife Judy, who has operated as chief of staff, head cook and bottle washer and jack of all trades at many recent cotton conferences, will enjoy retirement in the cooler climes of Orange in the central west of NSW, where apples, grapes and other horticultural delicacies rather than cotton dominate the landscape.

Further information: Greg Kauter, Executive Officer, Australian Cotton Growers Research Association Inc., Ph: 02 6792 6440 or 0429 700711