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Spinning a tale of bolls and bales - the outlook for natural fibres
Given China is Australia's biggest market for natural fibres, what has been the impact of this year's trade tensions on our wool and cotton markets, and what's the longer-term outlook?

In the final webinar in our series looking at some of the key commodities in NSW, join Farm Writers for a discussion on how drought, bushfires and COVID-19 have affected prices, production and processing.

Sep 25, 2020 12:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Robert Ryan
Managing Director and Chairman @Schute Bell Badgery Lumby
Robert Ryan has 40 years of experience in the wool industry. He was the Chairman of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations and the past President of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia. In addition to these roles, Robert is also the Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Woolbrokers and Stock and Station Agents in New South Wales and Queensland. Schute Bell commenced trading in 1906. In June 1996, Robert was elected to the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Australia and has held a number of positions on various Committees. He was Chair of the Sheep and Wool Committee from 1999 – 2009 and was elected President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW in June 2014 and retired from this role in July 2020 A Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services in the wool industry and agriculture was awarded to Robert in June 2014.
Adam Kay
Chief Executive Officer @Cotton Australia
Adam Kay was appointed to the position of CEO of Cotton Australia in January 2007. He started his career as District Agronomist for the NSW Agriculture Department in Warren 35 years ago and has spent his entire career working within the Australian cotton industry. Adam also served two terms as a Director of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, a cotton industry body that funds research and development projects across many industry sectors. Adam is well known to the Australian cotton industry with roles on a range of industry organisations and committees and has broad industry knowledge and specialist skills in grower relations, advocacy and business management. He was awarded the 2005 Australian Cotton Industry Service to Industry Award, is a Churchill Fellow, Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Graduate of the AICD Directors and Mastering the Boardroom Courses and has participated in the Agribusiness Seminar at the Harvard Business School.