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24 Feb 2023

12 months from northern NSW floods, farmers to build knowledge of climate resilience


As the New South Wales North Coast region approaches the 12 month anniversary of devastating floods, farmers are being offered on-farm training in preparing for climate extremes.


Farmers for Climate Action, which represents more than 7600 farmers around Australia, is hosting the all-day workshops with consultants Soil Land Food.


Ulmarra farmer Peter Lake, who is hosting one of the workshops, was forced to sell most of his cattle after his farm was damaged by repeated flood events last year. 12 months on, he’s still working to repair damaged fences.


“Our paddocks were mud most of last year thanks to relentless rain. I’m keen to learn as much as I can about how to prepare your farm for years like that and how to care for the soil.”


Event organiser Atienne Bakker Szumer said more than 60 farmers had signed up for the training so far, but more were welcome.


“When we surveyed farmers in this region last year I think there was a real sense that people didn’t know where to get the best information on climate adaptation and resilience,” Mr Bakker Szumer said.


“These trainings will teach farmers tools to help better prepare themselves for extreme weather driven by climate change and to make their farm operations more resilient”


The training from farming systems extension specialist Kristy Youman will include insights on how to withstand the effects of drought and floods, increase farm productivity and improve natural capital.


For $10 farmers get a full day workshop with catering, that covers the following topics:

  • Climate Extremes and Landscape Stressors: what your farm faces
  • Towards resilient and productive farming systems
  • Healthy soil systems – the heart of a resilient landscape
  • Climate Ready solutions – what’s in the toolbox?
  • Steps to a resilient and productive farming system


Workshop dates and locations

Tue, 28 Feb 2023:  Taree – Wherrol Flat NSW 2429

Wed, 1 Mar 2023: Bellingen – Valery NSW 2454

Thu, 2 Mar 2023:  Grafton –  Ulmarra NSW 2462

Fri, 3 Mar 2023:  Lismore –  Fernside NSW 2480


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Media contacts:

For interviews with Atienne Bakker Szumer or farmer Peter Lake, contact Jacqui Street 0498 188 528 /

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