The town of Narrabri lies in one of the richest agricultural regions in Australia.
The 13,000 square kilometer Narrabri Shire, in the heart of the Namoi Valley, is home to a divers range of agricultural enterprises. The fertile country north, west and south-east of Narrabri produces cotton, wheat , barley, oilseeds, and a variety of other crops, ranging from grapes to peanuts. Livestock production includes sheep, cattle and pigs.

The annual value of agricultural production is in excess of $330 million per year. This figure includes more than $200 million from cotton and about $60 million from wheat.

Irrigation farming, utilizing both surface water from the Namoi River (provided via a regulated flow from Keepit Dam) and groundwater, is a very important component of the Shir’s success. The success of the agricultural industries have resulted in the development of big storage and transport centres in the Shire.

The high volumes of agricultural commodities have led to the extablishement of big secondary processing industries such as the huge Cargill Oilseeds plant at Narrabri which processes about 250,000 tonnes of cottonseed each year.

The moder Canzac Pulse Processors Pty Ltd plant in Narrabri brings state of the art technology to the task of producing high quality pulse seeds for export. Other plants include seed grading, mixing and packaging operations.

The huge agricultural industries are in turn supported by a host of specialist supply, engineering, chemicals, and consulting firms.

Two world-rank research establishments are located in the Narrabri district; the I.A Watson Grains Research Centre (operated by the University of Sydney), and the big Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) a shared venture between the CSIRO and the NSW Department of Agriculture.

Late 2005 saw the launch of the new Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre – based at ACRI. This new CRC will provide a multi-faceted approach to cotton industry research.

Narrabri is also home for the important Cotton Research and Development Corporation. The CRDC is a $15 million body funded by the Federal Government and industry to select and fund suitable research projects.

It was from humble beginnings in Narrabri that the Prime Wheat Growers’ Association was born.  This local wheat grower organization went on to encompass wheat growers across NSW before acquiring GrainCorp which now operates grain handling and other businesses in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Narrabri Shire’s growth and development is strongly tied to the success of its agricultural industries. Fortunately, district farmers are acutely aware of the need for the wise use of resources and sustainable farming methods. It is this knowledge and expertise which is driving the town and district forward to a bright, prosperous future.
 
Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Media Release from Cotton Australia

Australia's cotton industry has welcomed the passage of changes to the Water Act through Federal Parliament, which will grant an additional year to find water-saving projects to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
 
The legislation changes the operation of the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism with the intention of eliminating water purchases in the Southern Basin.
Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (850)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

By Natasha Robinson Posted yesterday at 2:23pm ABC News

Landowners from Narrabri on the state's north west slopes are asking the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that gives the green light to a controversial water treatment facility. 

Gas giant Santos has been given approval to operate the facility, which would treat wastewater and brine from coal seam gas exploration activities near the Pilliga State Forest.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cotton Australia Newsletter

Cotton Australia Newsletter

November news

Growers and Cotton Australia Showcase industry story on international stage

The Australian cotton story was recently showcased to a global audience of brands, retailers and manufacturers, through Cotton Australia’s participation at Intertextile, the world’s largest fabric fair held in Shanghai, China.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Murray-Darling report confirms what some northern NSW communities have known for years

Murray-Darling report confirms what some northern NSW communities have known for years

ABC Central West Joanna Woodburn and Tawar Razaghi

A new Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) report on the socio-economic effects of the removal of water from farming has confirmed what local farmers have known for years.

The Gwydir Valley Irrigators' Association said the report backed evidence on the effects on irrigation and jobs being felt by water users at Moree and Wee Waa.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cotton Matters 7 September 2016

Cotton Matters 7 September 2016

Cotton Australia

Voice of cotton growers amplified during Backpacker Tax review

Cotton Australia made a submission in the latest Backpacker Tax review, demonstrating that the proposed rate of 32.5% for every dollar is too high.
Friday, 9 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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