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Farmers welcome first step towards bipartisan breakthrough on climate

Friday, 25 October 2019. Farmers have welcomed today’s endorsement by Australia’s Agriculture ministers of a national strategy for climate change and agriculture. The national climate change work program, to be led by...
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Upcoming events calendar

Some of the great events coming up that we're attending (or wishing we were) include: October 25 October: Rural Press Club of Victoria’s Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley lunch 29 October:...
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Kerrie McMartin

At a glance Who: Kerrie McMartin and her dad Graham McMartin What: Grows commercial crops of lychees, custard apples and sugar cane as well as running a pick-your-own strawberry agritourism business. The...
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Welcome Wendy!

We’re delighted to welcome to Farmers for Climate Action our new CEO Wendy Cohen. Wendy’s most recent role was as CEO of the Country Education Foundation, and before that, CEO of Equestrian...
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Let’s get started on a national strategy says farmer delegation to Canberra

MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2019. A delegation of more than 20 farmers from across the country descended on the nation’s capital today to call for progress on a national strategy on climate change...
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Time to look out the window and act on climate, say farmers

30 August 2019.  Farmers are calling on the Federal Government to look out the window and take action on climate change, following the release of the latest emissions data which shows agricultural...
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Rob Lee

In order to celebrate the amazing work underway on farms across Australia, we are selecting a farmer doing great things on-farm to profile and learn from. This month our Climate-Smart Farmer is...
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Risks and rewards of farming in a changing climate in focus at Orange this September

14 August 2019. Central West New South Wales farmers and agricultural industry representatives have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in agriculture and climate science on 10 September.
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Drought fund welcome but climate change strategy still needed

23 July 2019. Farmers for Climate Action is calling for a fully-funded and implemented national strategy for climate change and agriculture, as the Federal Government’s revised Future Drought Fund clears its final...
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CLIMATE-SMART FARMER IN FOCUS - SIMON WALLWORK

To celebrate the amazing work underway in farms across Australia, we have launched a 'Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus' initiative. Each month, we select one of our farmer members who are doing great...
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Beef tracking towards carbon neutral goal

6 June 2019. Climate-smart farmers across Australia have welcomed the beef industry’s progress towards greater sustainability, including its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.
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Time's up to act on emissions, say farmers

6 June 2019. Farmers are demanding the Federal Government takes swift and decisive action to curb the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions after its latest greenhouse gas accounting revealed emissions had continued to...
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Simon Gedda

To celebrate the amazing work underway in farms across Australia, we have launched a 'Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus' initiative. Each month, we select one of our farmer members who are doing great...
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New cabinet welcomed

27 May 2019. Farmers for Climate Action welcomes the new Federal Government cabinet line up. We look forward to working closely with incoming Environment Minister Sussan Ley and Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie,...
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‘2040’, a launchpad for bold visions

22 May 2019. Farmers for Climate Action has welcomed the release of new film ‘2040’, describing it as a launchpad for bold visions for our future.
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Premier’s Adani intervention undermines grazier confidence

22 May 2019. Graziers are calling on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to provide assurances the independent regulator, due process and graziers’ groundwater supplies will not be jeopardised following today’s call for a...
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Farmers call for incoming Government to act on climate

19 May 2019. Farmers for Climate Action is calling on the incoming government to get fair dinkum on climate change. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said: “We heard throughout the...
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Farmers call for science to trump propaganda

14 May 2019.  Farmers and graziers are demanding Adani and the Queensland Resources Council end their propaganda campaign on the back of further revelations the Federal Government pushed CSIRO to approve Adani's...
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New global report shows potential for farmers to provide vital ecosystem services

7 May 2019. Farmers have called for urgent governmental action to address climate change and declining ecosystem health as a new United Nations report warns that 1 million plant and animal species...
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Gavin Scurr

In order to celebrate the amazing work underway in farms across Australia, we have launched a Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus initiative. Each month, we are selecting a farmer doing great things on-farm...
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Graziers urge Central Queensland voters to protect groundwater, boost renewable energy

THURSDAY, 2 MAY. Three Central Queensland  graziers will feature in a three-week long advertising campaign urging voters in the May 18 federal election to prioritise protecting the region’s groundwater and moving towards...
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Election: Farmers demand climate action

11 April 2019. Thousands of farmers are calling for all sides of politics to commit to meaningful climate action and a national strategy for climate change and agriculture this election. Farmers for...
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Graziers meet Queensland Government to talk Adani

10 April 2019. Graziers hand-delivered an open letter* to Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch today, calling on the state government to reject Adani’s water plan on scientific grounds including inadequate modelling and...
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Adani disappointment

9 April 2019. The Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price’s decision today to rush through Adani’s groundwater plan on the eve of the election looks like cynical politics at its worst.
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Farmers uninspired by Band-aid Budget

3 April 2019. Farmers across the country have been left uninspired by the Federal Federal Government’s proposed 2019-20 Budget. Despite disaster relief and recovery funding, it falls well short of much-needed support...
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Farmers cautiously welcome ALP climate policy release

Monday, 1 April 2019. Farmers across the country have cautiously welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s climate policy released today. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said the policy puts agriculture at...
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Top of the class

Earlier this month we gathered over 20 up-and-coming climate-smart farming leaders for our 2019 Victorian Climate-Smart Agriculture Masterclass. Drawn from across a wide-range of agricultural industries, from bee-keeping to horticulture, dairying to...
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We reached 600,000 people

Earlier this month we published a full-page open letter in the Courier Mail, featuring 59 Queensland farmers and graziers opposing Adani's 'Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan'. It reached 600,000 people. And it...
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Robert Quirk

Our climate-smart farmer in focus this month is Robert Quirk. Robert is a Tweed Valley cane farmer who is also an advocate and teacher of sustainable farming practices. He is the recipient...
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Farmers, industry bodies and experts brave heat to talk climate action

Local farmers across horticulture, wine growing and grazing are joining forces with world-leading agricultural scientists to host a managing climate risk in agriculture conference in Stanthorpe on Wednesday, 3 April.
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Farm production falling

Despite high targets for growth, the latest ABARES data shows Australia's farm production is falling as a result of the savage drought devastating much of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland...
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Adani mine: Qld farmers petition Ministers about ‘devastating’ water impacts

More than 50 Queensland farmers and graziers have signed an open letter calling on the federal and state water ministers to reject Adani’s current groundwater plans that scientists and experts say could...
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Australia’s emissions trajectory threatens farm viability

Rising figures for Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions show that the Federal Government is failing to protect Australian farmers and their livelihoods, said Farmers for Climate Action today. Data from the Quarterly Update...
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Federal Government Climate Solutions Package an inadequate response

25 February 2019. Farmers are describing the Federal Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package as an inadequate response to Australia’s climate challenges. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said while the...
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Drought impact highlights national strategy urgency

20 February 2019. News that the drought has decimated crops in the eastern states provides yet more evidence of the need for urgent climate action.   
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Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus - Angus Whyte

19 February 2019. In order to celebrate the amazing work underway on farms across Australia, Farmers for Climate Action is launching a Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus initiative. Each month, we will select...
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Tough times

19 February 2019. While positive changes are afoot, we are also conscious that there are environmental challenges continuing to demand our attention on many fronts.
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Industry leadership

Tuesday, 19 February 2019. We’re back at Parliament House in Canberra once again on Wednesday, helping launch Climate Proofing Australia (CPA)  Alliance, a coalition of industry groups joining forces to encourage a...
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Political progress

19 February 2019. On Monday we were at Parliament House helping to launch the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action group.
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Farmers demand action as extremes intensify

Farmers have called for urgent action to address climate change in the wake of a new report detailing the extent to which climate change has fuelled extreme weather events in 2018. The...
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Lancet report

Farmers have called for stronger support for action on climate change and the implementation of a National Strategy on Climate Change & Agriculture following the launch of a new report encouraging consumers...
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Farmers demand answers as emissions canter on

Farmers demand answers as Australian emissions ‘canter’ on 21 DECEMBER 2018. Farmers have demanded answers as the latest release of Australia’s emissions projection data demonstrates a nation fumbling at the starting gates....
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Graziers gather in Mackay to oppose extractive industries

25 November 2018. The threats posed by extractive industries were centre stage when farmers, graziers and supporters from across central and western Queensland gathered at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on...
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Farmers call for groundwater protection in ALP’s new energy policy

22 November 2018. Farmers have called on all sides of politics to strengthen their response to climate change in the wake of the release of ALP’s new energy policy. The ALP announced...
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Farmers call for multi-partisan support for water security in Great Artesian Basin

20 November 2018. Farmers and graziers have have called upon all sides of politics to cease taking the Great Artesian Basin for granted. Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, today...
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Rockhampton grazier stars in national TV Ad Campaign

6 November 2018. Rockhampton cattle producer Mick Alexander stars in a three-week long advertising campaign that launched across Central Queensland this week. The advertising campaign, run by farmer advocacy group Farmers for...
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Farmers staggered at news that Carmichael mine may be on finance fast-track

1 November 2018. Queensland farmers have reacted with anger to news that Adani may be just weeks away from securing finance for their scaled-back Carmichael mega-mine. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity...
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We got your messages through

  25 October 2018: A week ago today we wrote to our supporters to see if they could email the PM and ask him to read the Rural Futures report our Board...
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Yea farmers get the low-down on climate-smart farming

12 October 2018. More than 60 farmers turned out to find out how climate-smart farming may benefit them at a dinner in Yea on Thursday night. The event, hosted by Yea River...
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New report highlights climate change challenge, calls for government plan for the bush

16 October 2018. More than 3000 farmers are calling for a national plan for regional Australia and climate change, following the release of a report outside Parliament House in Canberra today. The...
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Frost risk is increasing but farmers can prepare

By Dr Steven Crimp, ANU Over the weekend, while much of the Australian wheatbelt shivered through freezing temperatures and crops iced over, I was significantly warmer in the tropical climate of Papua...
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Additional uncertainty over Adani project as rail line changes throw graziers into confusion

Graziers across Central Queensland have reacted with disbelief to the news that Adani is once again shifting the goal posts, announcing a new, cheaper rail design to build its proposed Carmichael coal...
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Farmers call for politicians to join the dots between drought and climate change

10 September 2018. Hundreds of farmers descended on Canberra for the first sitting day of the Morrison Government to call for politicians to #BreakTheDrought on climate action. A truck convoy, with farm...
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Renewables offer a win-win for government

30 August 2018. Farmers for Climate Action Deputy Chair Charlie Prell has urged Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor to review the latest analysis of renewable energy supplies if he is serious about...
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FCA calls on new Environment Minister to support national strategy

30 August 2018. Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt has called on Member for Durack and newly-appointed Federal Environment Minister, Melissa Price, to throw her support behind a National Strategy on...
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FCA condemns removal of emissions targets from NEG

Monday, 20 August 2018 Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt today strongly condemned the Federal Government’s announcement that it had removed emissions reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee. ‘The NEG...
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Time for a National Strategy on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Security Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced last week that she will raise climate change at the next Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN)...
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Farmers are speaking up, politicians need to keep up

Our latest ad says that standing up for rural Australia means standing up on climate change. Farmers are speaking up about climate change, and we're asking our politicians to keep up. Watch...
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FCA Response to the 2017 Climate Policy Review

FCA’s Response to the Climate Policy Review - 19th December 2017
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In the Field

Farm Visit 18.12.2017 Hi folks, Michael Kane here As the Farmers for Climate Action, Queensland Coordinator, I spend a lot of time on the road - meeting with farmers from the rich...
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A Year in Review - 2017

We’ve achieved a lot in 2017, mobilising thousands of farmers across the country to engage with, and influence, public policy debates over climate change, renewable energy and climate-smart agriculture. We’ve made farmers...
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Your candidates, your choice

The New England by-election is fast approaching and Farmers for Climate Action is committed to assisting our supporters to make informed choices through a non-partisan approach to political engagement.
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Open Letter

This Open Letter from Australian farmers and graziers was published in The Land on Thursday 28th September. Politicians purporting to represent farmers and graziers, the people hit hardest by damage to our...
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Dear Prime Minister Turnbull...

A message from farmers around Australia, courtesy of CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt
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Martin Royds - Braidwood

Martin Royds is a fifth generation beef cattle farmer from Braidwood, New South Wales. His family arrived in the district in the early 1842. Martin himself has been farming since the 1980s...
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Meg and Peter Nielsen Bentley Farmers

Meg and Peter Nielsen - fourth generation farmers - farm cattle near Bentley, in Northern New South Wales. They previously farmed a variety of fruits and coffee at Bangalow. Both Meg and...
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