An exciting win for The Toscan family of ‘Cavaso Farming’, Darlington Point, who were named Monsanto Grower of the Year at the 2017 awards.
The Australian Cotton Industry Awards on Wednesday July 26 was held in Griffith for the first time, and proved to be an exciting event for MIA cotton growers.
The award was presented before more than 380 cotton growers and industry representatives who gathered at the Exies to celebrate the recipients at a ceremony held in Griffith.
This award recognises a grower who demonstrates high levels of achievement in all aspects of cotton production.
Cavaso Farming is an irrigated cropping enterprise on 4200 hectares across eight properties at Darlington Point and Coleambally.
After growing their first cotton crop just seven years ago, the Toscan family have achieved impressive results and demonstrated an innovative approach to cotton.
The Awards program recognises excellence and achievement in Australia’s cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists and researchers.
“We had a substantial number of strong nominations for the Awards program this year, and all are deserving,” Mr Kay said.
“Our recipients this year are a great example of the commitment of everyone throughout the cotton supply chain. I congratulate them all.”
Mr Kay says the Awards dinner was a huge success, bringing together growers and industry representatives from all corners of Australia.
Sponsors of this year’s Awards were Monsanto, AgriRisk, ADAMA, Cotton Seed Distributors and IPF.
The Australian Cotton Industry Awards recipients:
· Monsanto Grower of the Year: Cavaso Farming – Tony, Joyce, Matt and Daisy Toscan, Darlington Point, NSW. - pictured
· AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year: CSD Farming - Mark Cathcart (“CSD Farms”, Wee Waa, NSW)
· ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year: Fiona Norrie (Moree, NSW)
· Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year: Dr Paul Grundy and Dr Stephen Yeates (QDAF, Toowoomba & CSIRO Ayr, QLD)
· IPF Service to Industry Award: Michael Bennett (“Killowen”, Narromine, NSW)
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said all entrants in the Awards were of an extremely high standard once again.
For more photos of the night, head to The Area News Facebook page on Monday July 31.