Cotton Australia Chair to talk at Robb Rural Focus Dinner

Published 25 August 2011

andrew_watsonbloggThe Chair of the Board of Cotton Australia, Andrew Watson, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Robb College Rural Focus Dinner at the University of New England on Tuesday 30 August.

Members of the University and the wider community are invited to join Robb College students at Mr Watson’s lecture, which will be in the Robb College Dining Hall at 8 pm. The lecture is titled “Is there life after uni? What the next generation of rural leaders should look forward to”.

The Robb College Rural Focus Dinner is an annual event that began in 2002. The College invites high-profile guests to deliver lectures with a rural theme. Previous speakers have included the climate change advocate Professor Tim Flannery, and former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.

Mr Watson (pictured here) is a mixed cropping and cattle producer from Boggabri.  In addition to being Chairman of the Board of Cotton Australia, he currently sits on the National Farmers’ Federation Policy Council. He has also sat on the NSW Irrigators’ Council and the Board of Namoi Water Limited, and has been on farmer reference panels for the Grains Research & Development Corporation, Land & Water Australia, and the Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre.

In 2004 Mr Watson was named NSW Farmers’ “Young Farmer of the Year”, and in 2008 he won the “Australian Cotton Grower of the Year” award.

To reserve a seat for the lecture, please contact the Robb College office on (02) 6773 1700, or email