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CRDC strongly encourages the advancement of skills and knowledge among people of the cotton industry. Through an annually-awarded fee-funding scholarship in the UNE Cotton Production Course, direct and practical assistance for those who want to study cotton production.

Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) strongly encourages the advancement of skills and knowledge among the people of the cotton industry. Through an annually-awarded fee-funding scholarship in the UNE Cotton Production Course, direct and practical assistance is also provided.

The Cotton Course is run by the University of New England at Armidale, NSW. CRDC recommends cotton growers, consultants, trainee and retail agronomists, cotton processors, researchers and existing students apply to attend the UNE course.

As the only one of its kind in Australia, the course is designed and written by educational specialists who are supported by people with specialised advisory, consulting, research and agribusiness backgrounds.

The course has flexible delivery and is designed to fit into the busy lives of today's students and people working in the industry. The scholarships can be undertaken at home over a one to two year period, depending on personal or time commitments.

What's in the 4-unit course?

Each module has a short residential school of three to four days.

UNIT 1: APPLIED COTTON PRODUCTION
Introduction to the cotton industry, cotton growth & development; cotton breeding and history; plant nutrition; soils and soils management; irrigation and farm design.

UNIT 2: COTTON PROTECTION
The insect-pest problem, identification and sampling, insect ecology & pest management. Weed identification, assessment & control. Plant diseases, pathogen life cycles & infection, strategies in control and case studies.

UNIT 3: COTTON & THE ENVIRONMENT
Agricultural ecology, environmental impacts and water issues; flora fauna and biodiversity, pesticide management.

UNIT 4: COTTON FARMING SYSTEMS
Communications workshop, cotton spinning, fibre technology; cotton farm consulting.

Cotton Research and Development Corporation

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