The achievements and success of the Australian cotton industry were celebrated as growers and cotton-related businesses and industries united for the return of the Australian Cotton Conference.

This year marked a comeback for the conference, which had been impacted by COVID in previous years.

An awards dinner was held at the Gold Coast event on Thursday evening, with Narrabri’s Bernie George among the winners.

Mr George, the water services and compliance manager at Australian Food & Fibre, was the winner of the prestigious Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Service to the Cotton Industry Award.

Cotton Australia chief executive officer Adam Kay congratulated all award winners and all nominees.

“Every person nominated deserves recognition here because they are all game changers in their own way,” Mr Kay said.

“Bernie has been delivering excellence in service to the cotton industry through various high-profile roles for over 30 years, including as chair of the Cotton Australia board and as a member of the National Irrigators Council and NSW Irrigators Council.

“His contribution has been immense, and this recognition is well deserved.”

Soil scientist Dr Oliver Knox, a researcher who was previously based in Narrabri, was the winner of the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year Award.

Dr Knox is the University of New England’s Associate Professor of Soil Systems Biology and CottonInfo technical lead for soil health.

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