The award forms part of the Australian Cotton Industry Awards program which recognises the industry’s best and brightest and include growers, researchers and industry members from across the country.
Find out more about this year’s talented finalists…
Nick Beer, Spring Ridge NSW
Nick Beer is the current president of the Upper Namoi Cotton Growers Association (CGA) and a former Australian Future Cotton Leaders program participant. Nick has built a reputation amongst his peers for his enthusiasm and commitment to knowledge transfer and implementation, as well as identifying and forging synergistic partnerships and networks across the cotton industry and the greater community. As Farm Manager at “Merrilong”, Spring Ridge NSW, Nick strongly focuses on developing young people's interest in the industry by encouraging their involvement in the broader cotton industry and facilitating their participation in the local CGA. Nick is also a committee member for the bi-annual Australian Cotton Conference.
Billy Browning, Narromine NSW
A Horizon scholar recipient, Billy Browning graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and the determination to champion broader community interest in agriculture and the cotton industry. Farming on the Browning family property "Narramine Station", Billy has been a passionate advocate of the cotton industry’s best practice programs and initiatives and participates in benchmarking and research projects aimed at delivering ‘whole of industry’ improvements. Billy was recently elected to the Macquarie Valley Cotton Grower Association and is also an active committee member of Macquarie River Food and Fibre. Dedicated to enhancing awareness and reducing the stigma around mental health on a national scale, Billy spearheads the charity, Beat the Breakdown.
Murray Connor, Moree NSW
Murray Connor graduated from the University of New England with a double degree in Agriculture and Business. Murray spent university breaks working for Australian Food and Fibre (AFF) and now works at AFF fulltime, managing their 2,000ha irrigation farm west of Moree. Murray has been instrumental in the delivery of the trainee management pathways program that develops AFF's next generation of farm managers. Murray has also become a leader in strategic farm management, driving the highest levels of production and efficiencies across the business. Murray recently undertook the Australian Cotton Leaders course and the Rabobank Executive Development program, both of which further fueled his interest in agronomical resistance, public perception and social license. Last year Murray was awarded the 2018 Gwydir Valley Young Achiever award by his local Cotton Grower Association.
The recipients for the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards will be announced at a gala event to be held at Griffith on 24th July 2019 in conjunction with the Cotton Collective.
Best of luck to all three finalists!
For more information on the awards visit: www.australiancottonawards.com