78th Plenary Meeting of the ICAC

01 December 2019 - 05 December 2019 , Brisbane, Australia

 
Final Statement
English    Arabic    French    Russian    Spanish
 
Link to the website developed by the Organising Commitee
 
 
Agenda and Presentations
 
Sunday 1 December
 
9.00 – 12.00
Meeting of SEEP
13.00 – 14.30
Meeting of CSITC
15.00 – 16.30
Meeting of ICRA
 
13.30 – 16.30
Registration desk on Conference Level open
 
 
Monday 2 December
 
7.00
Registration desk on Conference Level open
Please register at the desk in plenty of time for start of Inaugural Session
 
8.30 – 10.00
Inaugural Session
Master of Ceremony:  Richard Haire, Chairman, Cotton Research & Development Corporation
 
    • Welcome to the Country – Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company
    • Welcoming remarks from Australia – Dr Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy Division, Department of Agriculture
    • Welcoming remarks on behalf of all delegates from Côte d’Ivoire host of the 77th Plenary Meeting – Dr Adama Coulibaly, Director General, Cashew & Cotton Council of Côte d’Ivoire
    • Report of the Chair ad interim of the Standing Committee – Ms Maha Zakaria, Commercial Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt. (Arabic; English; French; Russian; Spanish)
    • Report of the Executive Director – Mr Kai Hughes.  (Arabic; English; French; Russian; Spanish)
    • Recognition of the ICAC Researcher of the Year, 2019
    • Approval of the Agenda of the 78th Plenary Meeting
10.00 – 10.30
Global Megatrends for Cotton – Challenges and Opportunities? 
Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Executive Director, ABARES, Department of Agriculture, Australia
 
10.30 – 11.00
Refreshment Break
 
11.00 – 15.15
First Open Session: Traceability Seminar
Download the Minutes of the First Open Session (part 1) (part 2)
Chair:  Dr Steve Hatfield- Dodds, Executive Director, ABARES
 
11.00 – 11.30
Megatrends to Stretch Future Thinking
Ms Leanne Kemp, Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Government, Australia. 
 
11.30 – 11.50
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and the Future of Traceability: Roles & Responsibilities. 
Dr Ann McDonald, Assistant Secretary, Export Legislation Taskforce & Traceability Project, Department of Agriculture, Australia. 
 
11.50 – 12.10
Getting Started With Blockchain.   
Ms Emma Weston, CEO and Co-Founder, AgriDigital, Australia
 
12.10 – 12.30
The Pros and Cons of Mass Balance.   
Mr Alan McClay, CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland
 
12.30 – 13.45
Lunch – Thyme 2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane
 
13.45 – 15.15
First Open Session: Traceability Seminar (continued)
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Chair/Facilitator:  Mr Allan Williams, General. Manager, R & D Investment, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
Presenters:
    • Mr Sandon Adams, Managing Director – Australia, Oritain Global Limited, Australia.   
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    • Ms Jannice Cameron-Chapital, Chief Marketing Office, Himatsingka America, USA &?Ms MeiLin Wan, Vice President, Applied DNA Sciences,USA.  
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    • Mr Shannon Mercer, Director of Business Development, FibreTrace, Australia.  
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Panellists:
    • Mr Arthur Spellson, Marketing Manager – Cotton, Auscott, Australia
    • Ms Liesl Truscott, Director, Europe and Materials Strategy, Textile Exchange, UK
    • Mr Alan McClay, CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland
15.15 – 15.45
Refreshment Break
 
15.45 – 17.00
First Plenary Session
Chair:  Dr Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary – Agricultural Policy Division – Department of Agriculture, Australia
 
Discussion of Government Reports. 
International Organisations
17.00 – 17.30
Discussion of Working Paper – Technical Seminar 2020  
Download the Working Paper (Arabic; English; French; Russian; Spanish)
 
Welcome Reception
18.00
Board coaches from Sofitel Brisbane lobby for Welcome Reception. Please board the coach on time. 
 
18.30 – 20.30
The Watermall, Queensland Art Gallery.  About 1.4 km from Conference venue (20 minutes). Transport provided from the Sofitel
 
 
Tuesday 3 December
 
9.00 – 10.30
Second Open Session: Disruptive Technologies
Chair: Emeritus Professor Les Copeland, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
Clothing Fibre Pollution: Separating Fact, Fiction and Forecasts
Dr Mark Browne, Senior Research Associate, University of New South Wales, Australia
 
The Effect of Fabric Composition on Microfiber Release During Laundering and Aquatic Biodegradation    
Prof. Richard Venditti, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, USA
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What Does a Circular Economy Mean for Cotton?    
Dr Alice Payne, Associate Professor in Fashion in the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Soil Your Undies!  
Dr Oliver Knox, Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia
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First Breakout Session: Promoting Innovation and Building Community Resilience in Agriculture – The Role of Diversity
Chair: Dr Colleen McMillan, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia
 
Partnering for Commercialisation: Turning Great Ideas into Impact    
Dr Michaela Cosijns, Team Leader, Livelihoods & Adaptive Development Team, Decision Support & Planning Group, CSIRO, Australia
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Plant Breeding Innovations in India: Employment, Economic and Social Benefits    
Dr Dharminder Pathak, Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, India
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Fostering and Tracking Innovation at Field Level   
Mr Alan McClay, CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland
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Diversity Drives Innovation    
Ms Eimear McDonagh, General Manager of Export Marketing and Logistics, Namoi Cotton Alliance, Australia
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10.30 – 11.00
Refreshment Break
 
11.00 – 12.30
Third Open Session: Germplasm Exchange 
Chair: Dr Jeremy Burdon, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
A potted History of Cotton Breeding    
Dr Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural & Environmental Research, North Carolina Cotton Incorporated, USA 
 
Exploiting Genetic Variation of Gossypium Germplasm for Cotton Improvement   
Dr John Zhihong Yu, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, College Station, Texas (ICAC Researcher of the Year), USA
 
Diversity, Germplasm information and Exchange     
Dr Michel Fok, CIRAD and Chair, ICRA, France
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Cotton Germplasm Resources: Development and Exchange
Dr. Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov, Minister of Innovative Development, Uzbekistan
 
Second Breakout Session: Supporting Change – What is the Value Proposition for Farmers?
Chair: Mr Allan Williams, General Manager, R & D Investment, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
Building Consensus on Sustainability Goals and Measurements Across Agricultural Commodities; The Case of Cotton and Coffee   
Dr Francesca Mancini, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist, Delta Project, Australia
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Market Access and Environmental Outcomes in the Sugar Industry: Lessons for Cotton from Other Sectors in Queensland 
Dr Adrian Volders, Chairman, Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Australia
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Recent Eco-agronomic Technologies and Potential for Economic Returns in Small Holder Farms    
Dr (Mrs.) P. Nalayini, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CICR, India
 
12.30 – 13.45
Lunch – Thyme 2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane
 
13.45 – 15.15
Fourth Open Session: Reports from ICAC Secretariat
Chair:  Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA
 
Global Textile Fibres Demand: Trends and Forecast    
Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
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Production and Trade Subsidies Affecting the Cotton Industry    
Mr Andrei Guitchounts, Director of Trade Analysis, ICAC, USA
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World Cotton Market Outlook.   
Ms Lihan Wei, Statistician, ICAC, USA
 
Cost of Production – A Global Challenge      
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head of Technical Information, ICAC, USA
 
15.15 – 15.45
Refreshment Break
 
15.45 – 17.15
Fifth Open Session: Responding to climate change
Chair: Mr Adam Kay, CEO, Cotton Australia, Australia
 
Climate Risk Management: Tools, Tips and Barriers    
Mr Jon Welsh, Partner, AgEcon
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Will Cotton Win Over Climate Change in the Asian Continent?   
Dr A. H. Prakash, Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology) Central Institute for Cotton Research, India
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Enhancing Cotton Productivity in a Changing Climate   
Dr Michael Bange, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Narrabri
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17:30 – 19:00
Meeting of Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)
 
Wednesday 4 December
 
8.30 – 10.00
Sixth Open Session: World Café – Novel Technology Transfer Platforms for Small Holders in Developing Countries
Chair:  Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA
 
Technology and Agriculture – Exploring the Possibilities   
Ms Belinda Dennett, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft &?Mr Chris Motton, Director, Advance Computing, Australia
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Reaching Out to Small Holders Through the Soil and Plant Health App     
Dr Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, USA
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head, Technical Information Section, ICAC, USA
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Technology Transfer Through Virtual Reality    
Mr Mike McCue, Director of Communications, ICAC, USA
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10.00 – 10.30
Refreshment Break
 
10.30 – 12.00
Sixth Open Session: World Café (continued)
Facilitated Table Discussions 
 
12.00 – 13.00
Lunch – Thyme 2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane
 
13.00 – 14.30
Seventh Open Session: Breeding and Producing High Yielding and High Quality Cotton Planting Seed: What’s Required?
Chair: Ms Kathryn Adams, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
Learnings from a Successful Breeding Program: Challenges, Priorities and Realities   
Dr Warwick Stiller, Research Group Leader, Cotton Breeding, CSIRO, Australia
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Producing High Quality planting Seed:  The Australian Perspective    
Mr Brett Ross, Quality, Research & International Lead, Cotton Seed Distributors, Australia
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Quality Seed for Africa – Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives    
Dr Bruno Bachelier, Cotton Correspondent, CIRAD, France?Authors: Jacques Lançon, Bruno Bachelier, Marc Giband & Romain Loison (CIRAD)
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Third Breakout Session: Robotics and Resource Use Efficiency – Linking Technology, Farmer Needs and Business Models
Chair: Ms Rosemary Richards, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Small Holder Farmers     
Mr Muhammad Esa Attia, Robotics Engineer and Technical Product Manager, Agerris, Australia
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The Virtual Irrigation Academy: improving Small Holder Crop Yields Through Better Management of Irrigation Water, Soil Nutrients and Salt    
Dr Richard Stirzaker, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Food, CSIRO, Australia
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Capacity Building of Small Farmers – Increase Yield and Enhance Traceability     
Mr Anupam Gupta, President, Olam International, Singapore
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14.30 – 16.00
Eighth Open Session: Insect and Weed Resistance Management – the Role of Good Governance
Chair: Ms Susan Maas, R & D Manager, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia
 
A Socio-ecological Comparison of Resistance Management for Bt Crops on Four Continents    
Dr Sharon Downes, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia
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Managing Resistance Collaboratively: The Australian Experience     
Ms Sally Ceeney, Policy Officer, Research Direction and Stewardship, Cotton Australia, Australia
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Real-time Insect Monitoring: Breaking Barriers To Area-wide Management of Pests    
Dr Nancy Schellhorn, Co-founder and CEO, RapidAIM, Australia
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Fourth Breakout Session: Ensuring High Quality Fibre – the Role of Best Management Practices and Technology
Chair: Mr Roger Tomkins, Chairman, Australian Cotton Shippers Association, Australia
 
Assuring Cotton Quality from Field to the Mill: The Importance of an Integrated Approach   
Dr René van der Sluijs, Principal Consultant at Textile Technical Services, Australia
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Plastic Contamination Detection and Removal from Seed Cotton    
Dr Greg Holt, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit, Lubbock, USA
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Cotton Fibre Quality Response to Best Management Practices    
Dr Suzan Sanad, Cotton Research Institute, Egypt
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CONFERENCE DINNER
 
16.50 – 17.00
Board coaches at the Board coaches at the Sofitel Brisbane Central for Gala Dinner at Australian Outback Spectacular
It is very important you are in Sofitel Brisbane Central lobby on time to board. Coaches must leave on time. If you do not board in time, we’re sorry, but the coaches cannot wait.
 
Thursday 5 December
 
9.15 – 10.15
Ninth Open Session: Report back on World Café Outcomes
Download the Minutes of the Ninth Open Session
 
10.15 – 10.45
Refreshment Break
 
10.45 – 12.15
Meeting of the Drafting Group (Members only)  
Drafting of the Final Statement
Chair: Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA
 
Fifth Breakout Session: Meeting the Needs of the Textile Industry
Chair:  Mr Michael Ryan, Department of Agriculture, Australia
 
Sourcing for Synergy, How the Perspectives of Brands is Changing the Sourcing Landscape    
Ms Thea Speechley, Founder & CEO, Raw Assembly, Australia
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Successes, Challenges and Demands on Identity Cottons: Where are we, and where are we headed?    
Mr Brent Crossland, Ambassador, Textile Exchange, USA
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Mixed Message   
Ms Eimear McDonagh, General Manager – Export Marketing & Logistics, Naomi Cotton Alliance, Australia
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12.15 – 13.30
Lunch – Thyme 2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane
 
13.30 – 15.00
Meeting of the Steering Committee (Members only)
 
    1. Election of the Standing Committee Officers – Working Paper in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish
    2. Topic of the Technical Seminar for 2020 – Working Paper in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish
    3. ICAC Accounting System – Working Paper in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish
    4. Strategy Away Day – Working Paper in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish
    5. PSAP – Prior Year Recommendations– Working Paper in English
    6. Uncollected Assessments of  the ICAC Members
15.00 – 15.30
Refreshment Break
 
15.30 – 16.30
Closing Plenary Session
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Chair:  Ms Maha Zakaria, Chair ad interim Standing Committee, Egypt
 
    • Reading of the Plenary Meeting Final Statement (English    Arabic    French    Russian    Spanish)
    • Invitation from Europe (Spain), Host of the 79th Plenary Meeting
    • Closing Comments by the Host of the 76th Plenary Meeting (Uzbekistan) on behalf of all Delegates
    • Closing comments by Chair of the Organising Committee of Australia – Dr Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy Division, Department of Agriculture, Australia
    • Closing Remarks by the Chair
 
Friday 6 December
 
06:45
Board coach for Technical Tour
It is important you are in the Sofitel Brisbane Central lobby on time
07:00
Technical Tour coach leaves Sofitel Brisbane Central for the Darling Downs for a full day tour
Dinner and overnight stay are included
 
Saturday 7 December
 
16:00
Technical Tour coach arrives back at Sofitel Brisbane Central
DRAFT Agenda for Technical Tour
Visit to an integrated irrigated cotton farm and cattle feedlot
Visit to a rain-fed cotton farm
Visit to plant breeding facilities and field sites
Presentations from plant breeders, entomologists and irrigation researchers