Stories: on the farm

Cotton production

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.

  • Helen and Clive Brownlie

    Pampas, QLD, Australia

    The Brownlies were early adopters of Australia’s myBMP program. Thanks to their willingness to adapt, their farm can continue successfully into the future.

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  • Lacy Vardeman

    Slaton, TX, USA

    For Lacy Vardeman, changes in cotton seed varieties have helped restore a better balance with nature. She can rely less on chemicals and more on beneficial insects.

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  • Ian and Anne Brimblecombe

    St. George, QLD, Australia

    The Brimblecombes see the value of renewable energy, and they’re willing to investigate new technology, such as floating solar panels, on their farm.

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  • Trent and Jason Felton

    Marianna, AR, USA

    This is the sixth generation of Felton stewards on the same land. Learn how evolving management practices have allowed them to be more sustainable and profitable.

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  • Ed Willis

    Thallon, QLD, Australia

    For Ed Willis, cotton production is grounded in data. The results speak for themselves – his farm is a showcase for the Australian cotton industry.

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  • Andrew Watson

    Boggabri, NSW, Australia

    Andrew Watson has seen a difference in pest populations as he improves his farm’s natural habitat.

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  • Andrew Gill

    Narromine, NSW, Australia

    Andrew Gills was seeking better fuel efficiency for water pumps. His solution: a solar diesel hybrid system.

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  • The Palfreyman Family

    Toobeah, QLD, Australia

    The Palfreyman family knows how to enjoy their land – and how to care for it, as they monitor the effects of management decisions on their riparian zones.

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  • John “Cowboy” Cameron

    Bongeen, QLD, Australia

    John Cameron explains his “zero-tolerance” approach to weeds. This approach starts with science – knowing the weeds in a given area.

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  • Yvonne Chang


    Researcher Yvonne Chang is studying one potential answer to the long-standing question of how to address declining carbon in soil.

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  • Steve Carolan and Andrew Greste

    Wee Waa, NSW, Australia

    These cotton growers have converted their irrigation to a fully automated system. After just one season, they started to see the positive results of this change.

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