CSD reflects on a successful year in 2017

20 December, 2017

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The redevelopment of CSD's 'Shenstone' cotton seed processing plant and laboratory, in November 2017.

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

In January, site works commenced for the multimillion dollar redevelopment of CSD’s ‘Shenstone’ cotton seed processing plant and laboratory, near Wee Waa.

An initial investment of $41 million was allocated for construction of the new infrastructure including the processing plant, storage facilities, laboratory and administration complex, with a further significant investment in cotton seed delinting and treatment equipment.

The redevelopment project is estimated at approximately $85 – 90 million, a significant economic boost to the Wee Waa community, as well as being the Narrabri shire’s largest ever non-mining development. More than 100 people have been engaged in the project, many of them living in Wee Waa and Narrabri for months at time, injecting a significant influx of money into the local economy.

As one of only two new cotton planting seed processing facilities in the world, CSD has invested in innovation to ensure a robust and profitable cotton industry in Australia, today and well into the future. Completion of the redevelopment project is expected by mid-year 2018, and an official opening of the complex will coincide with the CSD Annual General Meeting in June 2018.

In April, CSD celebrated 50 years of service to the Australian cotton industry with a gala dinner at ‘Shenstone’, with over 300 guests, including past and present growers, staff and industry partners from around the globe. An opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past half-century, the dinner was also an opportunity for CSD to thank its founders, staff and customers.

CSD also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Cotton Breeding Australia joint venture with CSIRO, which, since 2007 has seen $101.7 million invested in the research and breeding of future cotton varieties for Australian growers.

In July, CSD Farms Manager, Mark Cathcart was awarded the AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year at the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards. Mark and his team manage CSD’s research and seed increase facility, CSD Farms, between Wee Waa and Narrabri. Managing 20 to 30 different seed, product or technology trials in any given season, CSD Farms was recognised as an important link in the chain for the whole cotton industry.

CSD were proud to once again sponsor the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year at the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, this year awarded to Queensland scientists Dr Paul Grundy and Dr Stephen Yeates.

New additions to CSD’s team throughout the year included the election of Tony Quigley and the re-election of Juanita Hamparsum to the Board of Directors, at CSD’s Annual General Meeting in June.

CSD’s commitment to supporting and driving the cotton industry into the future saw four new agronomists added to the Extension & Development (E&D) team. Craig McDonald was appointed as a new E&D Agronomist for the Macquarie Valley; while Larissa Holland, Jacob Booby and Lucy Burrows joined the team as Junior E&D Agronomists for the Darling Downs, Namoi Valley and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, respectively.

CSD would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, customers, partners and supporters for their continued support in 2017. We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and may 2018 be a successful season for the Australian cotton industry.