Webinars target young farmers

04 Mar, 2014 01:00 AM
This information is absolutely vital for young farmers who will be making major decisions

HOW agriculture can adapt to climate change is among the topics up for discussion during two free webinars this month aimed at young farmers.

The webinars will feature four of Australia’s leading experts in climate change, climate variability and how agriculture can adapt, as part of a national project focusing on the benefits of reducing on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.

The ‘Future farmers and the carbon farming futures’ project is working with the next generation of Australian farmers (aged 21-35) to showcase cutting edge research and demonstrate the effect that land management practices can have on reducing emissions, improving on-farm sustainability and reducing risks associated with climate change and variability.

The webinars are open to all and participants can register for the webinar by going to www.futurefarmers.com.au and filling in the form before the webinar date.

The first webinar will be held online this Friday, March 7, from 12 noon to 1pm.

It features a presentation on ‘Climate change science: where are we now and where are we heading?’ by Professor David Karoly from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and a presentation on ‘Carbon Farming in Australia’ by Associate Professor Richard Eckard, director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre: University of Melbourne and Department of Environment and Primary Industries Victoria.

The second webinar on carbon farming will follow online on Friday, March 14, from 1pm to 2pm, featuring a presentation on ‘Basic climate science, the risk for Australian farmers and the carbon equation’ from Will Steffen, Climate Councillor (with the independent, publicly funded Climate Council) and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University; and ‘The Carbon Farming Initiative – involvement and practice’ by Mick Keogh, executive director of the Australian Farm Institute.

Professor Snow Barlow from the University of Melbourne, who is chairing the webinars, said that they present a unique opportunity for young farmers to hear from leading industry experts.

“Running these events as online seminars – webinars – means that young farmers from all over Australia can easily join in, hear the presentations live, and ask questions,” he said.

“It’s a unique opportunity for our best and brightest young farmers to learn from leaders in climate science and carbon farming, who are informing and guiding the future directions for the industry.

“This information is absolutely vital for young farmers who will be making major decisions in the future that must take into account the impacts of climate change and variability, and how farmers – individually and as an industry – are going to respond.”

Associate Professor Richard Eckard said talking to young farmers about climate change is vital.

“Not only are young farmers usually more open to new ideas and technologies, but they are the ones who’ll need to work out how to sustain their farming business in a climate and carbon constrained future,” he said.

“Most young farmers are already aware that carbon farming is something that they need to be factoring into their future farming systems.

“This webinar series brings together some of the best minds in the country to talk to future farmers about how they can lower their carbon footprint, and the potential to get some return on that through the Carbon Farming Initiative.”

‘Future farmers and the carbon farming futures’ is a national project devised by Sefton & Associates, in partnership with the Future Farmers Network, supported by funding from the Australian Government.

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Jacked of the City
4/03/2014 6:52:18 AM

Climate change is not the problem of a farmer. It is our greatest opportunity. We need high food prices to provide the incentive in invest.
Frank Blunt
4/03/2014 7:30:13 AM

Now why would any well read sensible farmer want to listen to these fairy tales about the climate any more.
4/03/2014 10:25:20 AM

Farmers can only manage and plan for expected short term WEATHER events, which all the DISCIPLES (well, if I'm a DENIER...) say is very hard to predict, so, if we can't get an accurate short-term insight as to what to expect, what possible use are the ruminations of so called experts, for climate 20 or more years into the future??
Climate Ag
4/03/2014 2:00:42 PM

Great work Sefton & Associates and Future Farmers Network. For those interested in learning about CC and how it relates to agriculture, check out the facebook page Climate Wise Agriculture- https://www.facebook.com/climatew iseagriculture?ref=hl
4/03/2014 8:46:56 PM

Climate change is something that happens over a very very long time, certainly longer than a farmer's career, planning for something that may happen over the next 1,000+ years doesn't make any sense.
Rob Moore
5/03/2014 6:00:59 AM

They would have to "Target" young -wet behind the ears farmers because no older experienced primary producers swallow any of this guff. I have taken the time to get my reasearch from Lindzen, Carter,Plimer,Monckton and Anthony Wattsplus many others. Karoly and the CSIRO "cash for comments" trough dwellers along with rent seekers like Flannery are yesterdays salesmen of the Gillard/Rudd circus. Please never mention them again!We have "real" problems to sort out - not imaginary ones.
Frank Blunt
5/03/2014 6:59:28 AM

Thank you Rob Moore spot on mate.
Holy Moly
5/03/2014 8:53:37 AM

Rob M we wouldnt want any of our young farmers being exposed to any new idears and having their minds polluted by some scientist now would we.The biggest problem for Aust ag are people with attitudes like yours.
5/03/2014 9:09:38 AM

Well said Rob!
Rob Moore
5/03/2014 10:44:20 AM

Thanks for the backup fella's..Bushka doesn't seem to have a manifesto on this topic?? does he.. All my instincts told me that AGW was a scam but about 4-5years ago I listened to Prof Bob Carter in a Roma gathering( Barnaby was there too). Bob was just the beginning and I would stake my life on it being a non problem! No warming found - sea levels the same -all with more man made Co2 . Billions of $ have been wasted since then which could have gone into building the infrastructure that we are still dreaming about. Talk about 6 years of self destruction and gross waste!The spruikers are crazy
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