The Cotton Australia research advisory panels met in Brisbane today to review the research projects put forward for consideration under CRDC's 2019-20 investment round.
There are four research advisory panels, which align with the priority areas under CRDC's 2018-23 Strategic RD&E Plan. The panels, Optimised farming systems; Protection from biotic threats and environmental stresses; Improved cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness; and Adaptive capacity and enabling Strategies, are formed by growers and industry representatives from each Cotton Grower Association.
The panels meet with CRDC twice a year: in May to discuss the priority areas for research investment; and in November, to consider the research proposals that have been submitted by researchers and research organisations for consideration against these priorities.
From here, the advice given by growers and the CRDC R&D Managers will be considered by the CRDC Board, who will meet in February to determine which research projects are successful for the 2019-20 financial year. Successful projects will be announced by CRDC in May 2019, following the announcement of the Parliamentary Budget Statement, and the projects will commence on 1 July.
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Pictured: the Protection from biotic threats and environmental stresses panel, with CRDC R&D Manager Susan Maas, CottonInfo Program Manager Warwick Waters, and Cotton Australia Policy Officer Sally Ceeney.