Jim farms on the Liverpool Plains in NSW. His interests and studies are inspired by understanding and mitigating risks to the maintenance of the natural resources and landscape systems supporting his business, local environment and community. Jim is a member of the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship Advisory Committee. He has GCs in Environmental Science, Management and Planning of Natural Hazards and is studying for his Masters. Jim is a past member of the Federal Independent Expert Scientific Committee for Coal Seam Gas and Large Scale Coal Mining. Jim has a long history in natural resource management (water reform, research and development, resilience, and cumulative impacts), and was the inaugural Chairman of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority. Jim is a Governor Member of Farmers for Climate Action. Last year he led the charge for renewable energy as the originator of an open letter in The Land which was signed by over 2,000 farmers.