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About CRDC and the Australian cotton industry

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) leads investment in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry.

A partnership between the Australian Government and cotton growers, CRDC exists to invest in, and deliver outcomes from, world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry and the wider community.

We invest in innovation and transformative technologies to deliver impact, and as an organisation we are ambitious, agile, and adaptive.

Cotton is a major contributor to the economic, environmental and social fabric of rural Australia. The industry’s national exports generate an average of $1.9 billion in annual revenue, and the industry is a major employer in rural and regional communities.

Despite prolonged dry seasonal conditions across many of the cotton-growing valleys, and the challenges associated with COVID-19, the industry continues to go through a period of geographic growth. The industry continues to expand from its predominant growing base in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) into northern Victoria (VIC), the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA).

RD&E and its resulting innovations are a key driving force behind our industry’s continued success, and CRDC’s purpose is to power the success of Australian cotton through this world-leading RD&E.

Vision: Powering the success of Australian cotton through world-leading RD&E.

Mission: Investing in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry.

Purpose: Outcome statement: Increased economic, social and environmental benefits for the Australian cotton industry and the wider community, by investing in knowledge, innovation and its adoption.