The 2017 Monsanto Farm Walk was held hosted by 2016 cotton growers of the year, Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter, at their farm “Connemara” on the Liverpool Plains, in Northern NSW, on Thursday March 16.
The day was a great success, allowing growers and industry members to view the overall farming operation and innovative machinery adaptations, and also see the results of water injections methods at sowing.
The Carter family farmed for five generations on their property near Quirindi before they added dryland cotton to their cropping rotation.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce threw his support behind the Australian Cotton Industry Awards, giving a key note speech in the machinery shed on the day.
Speaking before a crowd of over 150 people, he congratulated the Carter family on their achievements.
“To the Carter family, the property is a credit to you and you’re being rewarded for your effort and management expertise,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. “In a nation that has some of the highest quality cotton in the world winning this award is a spectacular achievement.”
Mr Joyce went on to talk about the strength of agriculture more broadly.
“As of December 2016 growth of agriculture was at 23.7%, which is about four to five times above any other sector. No other sector contributed more to the GDP for the last quarter than agriculture… we are, in a very large way, carrying the country.”
The Cotton Awards Taskforce wish to thank the Carter family for hosting the farm walk on their property. “To see such a successful, promising family farm in action left all of us with a sense of optimism about the future of the industry,” Chairman Geoff McIntyre said.
“Thanks also to the CRDC for their fantastic organisation of the day and a well developed, interesting program which was most enjoyable. Special thanks to the Quirindi High School HSC students for doing an outstanding job catering for the day.”