Leadership is built from the ground up. That’s why the Cotton LEADSSM program is driven by Australian and U.S. producers, scientists and other professionals dedicated to sustainable cotton production. Get to know the growers and researchers who, season after season, are investigating and implementing solutions that improve cotton’s environmental footprint.
On the Western Downs in Queensland, Ashley Geldard has converted his previously rainfed farming operation to irrigated thanks to a constant supply of treated wastewater from a nearby coal seam gas plant.
Rich Lindsey is dedicated to serving his cotton-growing community. He knows data is essential for sustainable operations there, so this fifth-generation farmer and ginner integrates new technology to minimize inputs and maximize fiber quality.
Dr. Michele Reba’s work with the USDA-ARS Delta Water Management Research Unit (DWMRU) could affect generations-long farm practices in the region and push the needle on water management for cotton producers everywhere.
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