Meet last week's Farmer in Focus, Rosie Suter a Victorian regenerative farmer of a wide range of beef cattle (and one Jersey), poultry and eggs, goats, pigs, sheep, guinea pigs, compost worms, dung beetles, that all come together to help improve soil and water health.
To read more about Rosie's story, follow the links in our bio.
We took a group of farmers to Parliament House in Feb to talk to politicians and the media about the opportunities for regional communities from increased investment in renewable energy.
Charlie Prell and Karin Stark, both farmers from NSW with renewable energy on their properties, spoke to the media about the benefits this has brought to their businesses and communities.
Thank you to the farmers who have shared their time, energy and experience in 2021 to highlight the benefits of renewable energy for regional communities. A special thanks also to the hundreds of community supporters who chipped in so we could send these farmers to Canberra!
Meet this week's Farmer in Focus, John Barton - a 4th generation farmer and 1st generation composter.
John runs a commercial composting operation to produce high quality compost for agriculture. Located on the family farm, with around 600 hectares of irrigation country producing rice, wheat and prime lambs.
To read more about John's story, follow the links in our bio.
It was great to catch up with these great folks in Lismore for an end of year get-together! Over a nice meal and a drink, we chatted about what Farmers for Climate Action is all about, celebrated what we have achieved over the past year and discussed our plans for the year ahead.
If you'd also like to get involved, we'd love you to join us: farmersforclimateaction.org.au/join-us
Meet this week's Farmer in Focus, Chris and Cheryl Reid - beef farmers from Denmark, south coast of Western Australia.
Chris and Cheryl Reid purchased their 200 acre property in Denmark, WA, 33 years ago, and have been implementing a variety of climate-smart farming practices ever since. They have also become involved in a local community wind farm project. To read more about Chris and Cheryl's story, follow the links in our bio.
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☀️ Are you passionate about achieving strong climate policies in Australia in the most important decade of our lives for action on climate change?
Farmers for Climate Action has opened applications for two roles in our staff team, to support our work across Australia with farmers and farming communities.
Applications close soon! More details on our Jobs page - LINK IN BIO
Meet this week's Farmers in Focus, Jake & Francesca Fennell from Wintanna Station in SA. Jake and Francesca are employing many climate-smart strategies on their �3812km2 station, and want the federal government to provide financial incentives for producers to 'do the right thing' for sustainability and the climate.
�To learn more about their story, follow the links in our bio....
Farmers look after more than half of Australia's land, producing food and fibre for folks across the world. What happens on our farms, and how we mitigate and adapt to climate change, matters not just for our families and communities but for everyone.
Our landmark report by Ernst and Young looks at what supports are needed in order for ag to reduce emissions while increasing productivity and profitability.
Read the report and watch the launch via the link in our bio.
Today is National Ag Day! A great day to celebrate farmers and all the great opportunities in Australian ag. Our farmer members are working together for a prosperous future where Australian farming families are protected from more climate change impacts, continuing to produce food and fibre for everyone.
Meet this week's Farmers in Focus! Nicole and �Phil Chalmer run a �4800 acre mixed farm operation near Esperance in WA (with 400 angus/gelbvieh cows, 700 ha wheat and 1800 merino ewes). Nicole and Phil are doing great work on farm to build their resilience to climate change.
�To learn more about their story, follow this link: https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/farmer-in-focus/nicole-chalmer/
In September we launched our latest report from Ernst & Young, How can Australia’s agriculture sector capitalise on opportunities in a low emissions future?
It found that agriculture is front and centre on the road to decarbonisation.
Find out more by reading the report and watching the launch via the link in our bio.
#GreenhouseGas #FossilFuel #ClimateAction #CarbonNeutral #Australia #Farmers #FarmingAus #RegionalFarmers #ClimateActionNow #FarmingForever #AussieFarmers #farmersforclimateaction...
A great afternoon for our SA farmers at Hither & Yon winery learning how they are adapting to climate change and leading the way as a climate neutral winery in South Australia! Richard has integrated livestock into his winery to decrease diesel and fertiliser use and make it more resilient to climate shocks. Hoping to be carbon positive very soon! 🍷...
Meet Jill and Ian Coghlan, who run a cattle stud at Gerogery in southern NSW. Jill was a participant in our climate-smart agriculture fellowship, and here in this video she and Ian share their progress and initiatives in responding to climate change, including building the ecology and biodiversity of their farm. ... See MoreSee Less
"As we increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere we generate more warming and as we warm the mean global temperature we're going to get more regional extremes," said Dr Jatin Kala, Murdoch University senior lecturer in atmospheric science.
"We need politicians to listen to the science and we really need to curb down our emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero as soon as we can." ... See MoreSee Less
But farmers are not increasing the concentration of Methane! Why is this group so scientifically illiterate? Watch how NZ farmers deal with bad climate policy, hopefully our Australian cousins follow our lead. Farmers are not the problem!
Launched in Sept 2021, our EY-authored report found that farming families can diversify their incomes, increase productivity and profit from strong climate policy, and that agriculture can increase productivity whilst it easily achieves net zero emissions by the year 2040. The report was produced with consultation from farmers, industry stakeholders and climate change experts.
The report was launched at a webinar featuring Peter Walsh, Leader of the Victorian Nats, and Fiona Simson, president of the National Farmers’ Federation. The launch attracted nearly 1,000 RSVPs and the report received over 660 individual media hits.
Since the report launch, farmers have been meeting with their MPs armed with the report discussing the opportunities for rural and regional Australia from strong climate policy. This photo is from a meeting from earlier in 2021 with MP for Mallee Dr Anne Webster.
Thank you to all the farmers and experts who were consulted for the report and to the farmers who have spoken to their MPs, the media and their communities about the opportunities from strong climate policy. Thanks also to our community supporters and generous partners including the Prior Family Foundation who enabled this important work to take place. ... See MoreSee Less
Why does every one ignore Dingos being the most important topic to saving Australia as without the the butong can never roam free and our environment collapse will not be stopped
keep up the good work but please don’t register as a political party wherein the representatives can be caught up in the horrific maelstrom of backstabbing and bullying
All those that came before on our Australian great lands, did the same..there was even a state gov' time when 'vertical integration' to ensure farmers could make more money, was the new biggest thing,, then permaculture, then 'meat lambs' not just shearers, then exotic fruits, imported - exotic cattle breeds, goats, camels, wild donkeys, until big corporations, swooped in destroyed the dairy farmers, the small orchardists, the small croppers, the hobby farmers, the fish and prawn pond breeders along with weavers, crafters, garment manufacturers, and a whole lot of other capable skilled people that made money from the quality they produced..Now once again 'what goes around is coming around again'........That's country life for you..here in Australia..Even though our Constitution protects us all from international take over of our food bowl agricultural lands and our freshwater,, The governments are to blame, the judiciary that paved the way for all our Constitution and our common law to be just 'pushed aside' to allow socialism ideology and elitist huge conglomerates to come in and simply take over, against each and every one of us Australians...its just not on..
Firstly, I’m hoping that we will vote in politicians who understand climate change, and how urgently we need to act.
Help us put climate on the agenda in Australia's most marginal federal electorate... Please share this link with people you know in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains. Thank you! www.macquariealliance.org/
Veterinarian Dr Helen Scott-Orr discusses how climate change is endangering the health of livestock, pets and wildlife:
"In the 1960s, paralysis ticks were only found as far south as the Sydney Harbour Bridge - but now they are along Australia's east coast right down to Bairnsdale in Victoria. There are more ticks around Brisbane and further north as well, due to warmer, wetter summers. Like other disease-transmitting insects, the ticks know the climate is changing and are on the move.
"When I started out, heat stress around Sydney was a rarity - now both pet and livestock owners need to plan for expected heat waves across most of Australia, providing cool or shady areas and plenty of water access." ... See MoreSee Less
Sorry to say but I have lived in Bairnsdale all my life (60 years) and paralysis ticks have always been this far south to Orbost- I know as I had one on me as a child from camping at Marlo with my family and it wasn’t a one off it was common knowledge that ticks were in the area.
The spread of ticks due to warmer climate also has impacts for human health. Alpha gal allergy - anaphylaxis reaction to tick bites and mammalian meat products - has become more widespread in recent years.
As well as human health impacts, it also reduces the market for mammalian meat products (beef, lamb, pork & dairy) if a % of the population is severely allergic to them.
NSW’s Prof van Nunen has done great work in this area. She has also worked on an upcoming research paper that describes how tick allergy increases cardiovascular risk in humans.
This recent announcement is a strong step by the WA Government - it's great to see this investment in carbon farming and land restoration https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2022/01/Major-boost-for-pioneering-carbon-farming-projects.aspx
Meet this week's Farmer in Focus - Stuart Proud, a mixed farmer of vineyards and cattle in Yarra Valley Gruyere, Victoria.
To read Stuart's story go to: https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/farm.../stuart-proud/
"We need effective national leadership on climate change now to mitigate its impacts on farming, and on the ecosystems on which we all depend." - Angus Emmott, 3rd generation grazier from Longreach in outback Qld
#climatechange #agchatoz #agriculture
This farmland should be farmed, not dug up for coal and gas. Agriculture and rural communities need strong climate policy that prepares them for the future, so they can continue clothing and feeding Australia and the world.