Our climate is already highly variable but climate change is leading to shifts beyond this natural variability. The impacts of higher temperatures, fewer frost days, changing rainfall patterns, hotter and more frequent hot days and harsher fire weather are posing direct risks to New South Wales’ agricultural systems. These include changing biosecurity (pests and diseases), increasing heat stress on crops and livestock, reduced water security, disruption to supply chains and the erosion of natural and social capital.
Despite this, there have been limited efforts to date to build climate and carbon knowledge and adaptive capacity among primary producers in New South Wales’ Central West region.
The Risks and Rewards of Farming in a Changing Climate conference aims to address this gap, building increased resilience and climate smart agricultural practices on the basis of good science and solid evidence. We’re bringing the experts in the lab to the experts in the paddock.
Our special guest MC is Guardian journalist Gabrielle Chan, and our speaker line-up includes:
- Dr Lynette Bettio, Bureau of Meteorology
- Dr Steve Crimp, Australian National University
- Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer, University of Canberra
- Pip Band, Meat and Livestock Australia
- Ben Keogh, Australian Carbon Farmers
- Lorraine Gordon, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
- Cathy Waters, NSW Department of Primary Industries
- Ryan Gale, MinterEllison
- John Angus, CSIRO
- Charlie Prell, Farmers for Climate Action
- Dr Peter Ampt, Sydney University
Paul Ryan, Australian Resilience Centre
Our keynote speakers include:
- Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute Executive Director
- Richard Bull, former Nationals NSW MP and NSW Local Land Services Board Chair of Chairs