Our climate is already highly variable but climate change is leading to shifts beyond this natural variability. The impacts of higher temperatures, 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
- Doug McNicholl, 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
- Guy Webb - SoilCQuest 2031
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
Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to learn how to effectively manage the risks and rewards of a farming in a changing climate!
Here's what farmers had to say following our Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture Stanhope event:
"As a stonefruit producer, understanding medium to long term trends in temperature, rainfall, evaporation and frost events is critical to the sustainability of my production system. The Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture event in Stanthorpe in April 2019 has clarified in my mind where I need to focus my attention within my business, to adapt to the climate trends we are seeing the start of today and expecting in the future."
- Angus Ferrier, stonefruit producer
"Having been concerned for some time about climate disruption & lack of adequate action by our Federal & NSW governments, we were reassured by the wide range of excellent speakers from all fields: economists, finance, insurance, commercial law, science, business, meteorology as well as primary production & agriculture.
"We learned from them that not only are all sectors aware of the need to act, they have plans in place to address climate disruption & global heating, taking into consideration the economic & environmental costs of failure to do so & the threat to Australia of being unable to continue growing food & society to function. (Unlike our government!)
"It was a pleasure & so encouraging to talk to so many farmers with similar concerns & great ideas. Looking forward to the next one!"
- Meg and Peter Nielson, cattle breeders
"The recent Farmers for Climate Action conference in Stanthorpe, Queensland, gave great insights into what other farmers and sectors are doing to manage climate risk and reduce global warming."
- Tim and Michelle Coelli, wine makers (excerpt from their opinion editorial - Climate warning signs demanding action, Northern Daily Leader, 10-Apr-2019)
For a sneak preview of what to expect, check out the resources from our past events: