Risks and Rewards of Farming in a Changing Climate conference, Orange

Around 200 farmers and agricultural leaders flocked to Orange in mid-September for our Managing the Risks and Rewards of Farming in a Changing Climate conference.

The conference featured presentations from academics and farmers, sharing the latest in climate science, legal and market implications, carbon accounting and more.

We've brought together the presentations, video and media coverage from the event below.




A number of the presentations given on the day were recorded, watch them online here or below.


Morning keynote

Richard Bull, Local Land Services, Growing, Protecting and Connecting within a Changing Climate



Lynette Bettio, Bureau of Meteorology, The Changing Probability of Extreme (Weather) Events and impacts on agriculture


Steven Crimp, Australian National University, A changing climate – risks and opportunities 


Jacki Schirmer, University of Canberra, Climate change, drought and regional wellbeing


Economics, Trade and Finance Panel

Reiss McLeod, IDEEA Group, Natural capital accounting

Ryan Gale, MinterEllison, Environment-schmironment: Climate change risk through a commercial lens


Managing Carbon in the Landscape

Ben Keogh, Australian Carbon Traders, Monetising carbon in the landscape 


John Angus, CSIRO, Carbon and greenhouse gases in Australian farming

Guy Webb, SoilCQuest 2031, Carbon capture


Innovation and Resilience Panel

Paul Ryan, Australian Resilience Centre, presentation to come

Jon Elder, ReAqua, Solar pumping at ‘Waverleigh’ Narromine

Dylan Gower, Clean Cowra, Biomass to energy project


Farming Systems Panel

Peter Ampt, University of Sydney, Grazing eco-innovators: how do we make them normal?

Lorraine Gordon, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Regenerative agriculture

Cathy Waters, NSW DPI, Integration of carbon farming and primary production

Joel Stibbard, BCT, Farming biodiversity for resilience in a changing climate


Afternoon keynote

Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute, Where to from here?



Peter Holding and Rob Lee on Talking Overnight with Gary Stewart (clip unavailable), 2SM Supernetwork, 14 September 2019

Marg Applebee, Looking at Landcare | The measures of change, Forbes Advocate, 13 September 2019

Rob Lee and Peter Holding in Tim Fookes, Fear of drought, flood and fires leads farmers to plea for urgent action on climate change, ABC News, 12 September 2019

In Daniel Pedersen, PHOTOS: Australian Farm Institute chief Richard Heath says all-of-agriculture climate effort needed, Western Magazine, 11 September 2019

Rob Lee on Brekky with Pecky (clip unavailable), 2BS 95.1, 11 September 2019

Rob Lee and Charlie Prell, Farmers Climate Forum, 9 News Central West, 10 September 2019

In David Fitzsimons, Drought, climate change hotter temperatures and extreme weather to confront farmers, Central Western Daily, 10 September 2019

Peter Holding, Steven Crimp, Lynette Bettio and Jack Schirmer speaking to Tim Fookes on New South Wales Country Hour, ABC Radio, 10 September 2019

Rob Lee, Our Future || Accept climate change and move forward, The Advocate (syndicated), 9 September 2019

Rob Lee on Central West and Western Plains Rural Report, ABC Western Plains, 27 August 2019

Rob Lee in Bradley Jurd, Orange Ex-Services' Club to host conference on climate change in September, Western Advocate, 31 July 2019