Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, supporting over 1500 cotton farming families in NSW, Queensland and now into Victoria.
The Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC) invests in and manages research, development and extension projects for the Australian cotton industry.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Renée Anderson, an irrigation farmer from Emerald, Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship with support from Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).
Renée’s research will focus on highlighting better management practices that not only improve the social, environmental and economic sustainability of agriculture, but also clearly communicate positive farming practices to consumers and drive broader community support for the industry.
Renée grows mixed irrigated crops, including cotton, chickpeas and popcorn, across her 455 hectare operation. She also works one day a week as the Central Highlands Regional Manager for Cotton Australia.
Having worked in agronomy for 20 years, Renée has observed many barriers to effective adoption of better environmental management practices and consumer communications, and is motivated to research strategies to overcome these barriers.
“Urban and rural communities alike have a keen focus on environmental, welfare and sustainability issues, and these issues can directly impact farm management and consumer purchasing decisions,” Renée said.
“Building the capability of our industry to demonstrate the benefits of modern agriculture, and drawing connections between practices, communication and social licence for the industry is critical.”
Renée will meet with experts in agricultural research and communications throughout Europe, the United States and Canada on her study tour.