We’re delighted to announce that, for the first time, Farmers for Climate Action is offering a career-defining Climate-smart Farming Scholarship to 20 leading farmers across Australia. Find out more via the link in our bio 👆🏼...
Don't forget that - according to BOM - climate change is increasing 'high intensity short duration rainfall events' which are associated with extreme flooding. Only through deep emissions reductions this decade can we protect farmers and food security....
The climate bill has now passed both houses of parliament and will become law. This is a welcome step forward.
We look forward to this new law firing the starter’s gun on significant reductions in emissions this decade, which we need to protect farming business around Australia, to keep producing food for Australia and the world.
Here's Victorian Agriculture Minister Gayle Tierney with our CEO Fiona Davis at the launch of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Statement in Ellinbank yesterday. The Statement is the first step in a collective state government and industry effort to tackle climate change in agriculture.
GREAT JOB ALERT: Fundraising Manager at Farmers for Climate Action.
☀️ Do you have strong connections to rural Australia and care deeply about the future of agriculture?
☀️ 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 a role open for a passionate person who thrives on high-impact and purposeful fundraising work. This position is a pivotal role, supporting farmers and farming communities calling for strong climate policies that protect Australia’s farming future.
Head to our website for role details and how to apply: www.farmersforclimateaction.org.au/jobs
We’re keen to find the right candidate as soon as possible, so applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Final applications will close 9am on Friday 16 September 2022....
Farmers for Climate Action represents almost 1000 farmers along the northern coast of NSW. Many of these farmers have been affected by recent flooding events and experienced substantial damage to their properties and livelihoods. In the wake of this year's extreme flooding events, hearing farmers' voices and calls for action is vital to protect our farming future.
That's why Farmers for Climate Action has gathered stories from farmers across flood affected areas in NSW, as well as flood affected parts of south east Queensland. We believe our leaders, and the community more broadly, can benefit from understanding what farmers are going through and what responses they would like to see from their representatives.
The wonderful Anika Molesworth features in the RM Williams OUTBACK Great Australians podcast this week 🤠 . The podcast 'features fascinating in-depth interviews with some great Australians who are doing amazing things away from the bright lights of our cities'. Listen via your favourite app or via link in bio...
Farmers are calling for national and local level action six months on from the flooding in Northern NSW.
Janet Petroff and her husband have lived in Whian Whian for 46 years, producing beef cattle and macadamias, and doing a lot of reforestation. She wants to see action on climate change, and a focus at a local level on flood mitigation....
Nice work NSW! Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced that NSW will invest $45 million towards the development of 5 pumped hydro projects, providing long-duration storage to support scale-up of regional renewable energy, not to mention 2,300 jobs 👏👏👏...
Join our webinar on Wednesday at 12pm AEST to find out what the new national emissions reduction target means for Australia’s farmers 🌱🤠📈. With special guests Polly Hemming from the Aust Institute and Liam Walsh from ClimateWorks Centre. Sign up via link in bio...
Our latest Over the Fence podcast is a conversation with Shadow Ag Minister and Leader of the Nationals @davidlittleproud.mp, covering his childhood on the farm, his entry to politics, his vision for rural Australia, and his ideas about climate and environment. Available on your favourite podcast app, or via link in our bio.
We met with Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt this week, covering a range of topics including the importance of secure revenue streams for farmers to support sustainable land management, and upcoming climate and environment policy development....
Six months on from the floods in Northern NSW, farmers are still struggling. They are calling on the government to support strong climate action to secure the future of their farms. Read Tony's story here:
"We've farmed beef cattle for 11 years here. The floods inundated two thirds of our property. The waters were so strong that they tore up a 120 year old dairy and its concrete foundation slab. It destroyed about 100k worth of assets. A friend generously allowed us to move our cattle to his farm, because our grass is soaked and the river water is now contaminated with sewage.
"We have a gigantic amount of debris, including caravans and water tanks, strewn across our property from upstream. The clean-up task ahead of us is enormous. We live day to day. It is amazing how traumatising the disaster has been. Big floods are becoming more and more frequent in the time we’ve been here - climate change is visible. Because of this we would very much like to see more climate action by government."...
Today marks six months since devastating floods hit northern NSW, and the impact on farmers has been immense. Read Peter's story here:
"I'm a grazier, and a farmer. We've had no crops this summer, and there'll be no crops this winter, hence no fodder could be saved. We've been forced to sell most of our cattle. There's mud everywhere so we're unable to get onto our paddocks and with nowhere dry to stand or lie the cattle are getting footsore and disease.
We'd like to see a genuine commitment from our government to a clean energy future and a roadmap of how we get there. We'd also like a recognition that the vast majority of genuine farmers have off-farm income. The availability of grants and subsidies to only those enterprises where the bulk of their income comes from the farm is a flawed "validity test"."...
We're happy to be hosting Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek for a farm tour today, following her announcement that the Government will introduce a national biodiversity market. We welcome the announcement of the program, which we had called for as a key priority prior to the election, and which will help farmers, the environment and the climate 👏🌻🌳🦘🦅🐜...
Our Policy Manager Claire Boyle met with Ag Minister Murray Watt yesterday at his jobs roundtable in Brisbane.
She noted that climate change is expected to make many of the structural employment issues discussed in the roundtable worse, and emphasised the need for deep emissions reductions this decade.
She also raised the need for a co-ordinated National Climate and Agriculture Policy - a key priority for our farmer supporters - to help build farmers' skills to capture the opportunities and manage the risks of a changing climate.
Minister Watt acknowledged climate change as one of the issues that cuts across jobs and skills, and the need for new skills to make the most of the opportunities....
We're in Brisbane this morning at a roundtable with Agriculture Minister Murray Watt to talk about the jobs and opportunities for regional Australia that can be unlocked through strong climate policy...
What climate action will you be taking? We always have changeable weather, it’s very normal and no different to every other year. Some wet, some drought, some cold, some hot.
I thought farmers were practical and realistic apparently not all are.
The few farmers I know wouldn't have time for activism of any kind regardless of the topic. They're always working....
Farming depends on stable climate, so important to keep it stable!
Farming is going to be the front line of impact.
Already is, actually. Thank goodness for people acting with foresight and responsibility instead of dumb hysteria.
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Yeah government, hurry up and change the weather 🤔🤔🤔
Great work Peter and all farmers advocating for more action.
Dylan Lewis many of them relied on a lot of outside help, including feed, that is still being donated from around the country. It's too wet to even grow feed here still. You should perhaps come and have a look at what happened here and see how important it is for Farmers, and the rest of us who eat, to do something constructive about Climate Change impacts.
Great to see. It blows me away how many climate deniers there still seems to be! In the face of so much science and so many extreme weather events world wide, 100 year floods a couple of times a year, largest floods, biggest fires, can't get insurance. So many reasons to get your head out of the sand.
Free loader more like it. I worked all day today what did you do.
Farmers don't have much to do with climate change ,stay to farming not politics
Well done Pete and all the farmers taking the climate crisis seriously - we need to support our farmers to adapt to our warming planet
Good on you Pete! Talking to the public can be great and challenging too
Farmers are among the first to suffer from
The effects of climate change.
Those who have survived the last ten years of extreme drought and floods are painfully aware that addressing climate change is critical to their livelihoods and their children’s futures.
Well done Pete.
You look as slick as the signs Pete.
Great work. Cannot believe the comments here.
So pleased to see this.
Thank you!!!!! <3 <3 <3 Great job, Pete!!
Australia is already at net zero.
If you want climate action you are not a farmer, swings and roundabouts mate. 3 years ago one of the worst droughts on record then some of the worst bushfires on record and now some of the biggest flooding on record. What part of that don’t you get. You’re in it to make a quid just like the rest of them beating their drum.
Every farmer should do this
Our wonderful Farmers are on the frontline of climate change. Thanks for all you do to raise awareness and drive change for the better.
Well done, Farmers for Climate action! Farmers are on the front line of wilder and more extreme weather - their livelihoods depend on action!
Tune in to the latest episode of Campfire podcast from National Centre for Farmer Health, featuring Charlie Prell, our Chair 👇🏼Have you experienced anxiety about your role as a farmer in the climate change debate?
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The roll-out of large-scale renewable energy will happen in regional communities. They need to be properly consulted and share in the benefits. At the same time, it's useful to know that the amount of land required will be small compared to total agricultural land.Replacing all of Australia’s coal-fired power stations due to retire by 2040 with solar farms would require less than 0.016 per cent of Australia's total land area. ... See MoreSee Less
Shepparton council commissioned a report into renewables for that region and found the amount of land needed is small compared to total farmland. It makes the push for no solar on farmland look meaningless, especially when land is broken down into good quality soil vs poor soils. Given a choice, put panels on poor soil. Report didnt seem to cover agrovoltaics, if you farm under the panels there is no land lost.
Make sure these projects are located close to existing transmission infrastructure...its's commonsense. New transmission lines across farmlandlandscape is a problem.
So we need to clear 123 000 sq kilometres to build these sites, how much to mine the resources needed and how much for the transmission lines and battery sites.
It would be nice if we can see a full accounting of what's involved and an estimate of reliability.
I wonder what it would cost environmentally and fiscally to achieve the same with nuclear.
If they were placed on every roof, they would generate more electricity than existing generation from fossil fuel sources.
Unfortunately in Queensland the Labor government is asleep at the wheel. Rather than site renewables on degraded grazing land and paying agreeable farmers for the privilage, the government has thrown open state forests with little environmental assessment. As such large areas of high quality wilderness and forest area including koala habitat next to world heritage area will be bull dozed. It is hardly green electricity or green hydrogen if you are bulldozing koala habitat to make it.
Put the mongrel things on non productive country....after all aren’t they supposed to face north.....so slopes shouldn’t be a huge problem......
One of the ageing deniers on here yesterday is from Coleambally.I see they have a giant solar farm there on 550 hectares which powers over 65,000 homes. Waiting for him to post some random hail damage pic of solar panels...🦹
Such a blithe and blasé dismissal of a process which is threatening so many farming families and communities. We, the threatened are not to be consigned and neglected as so much collateral damage, wearing the brute arraogance of attitudes such as you so easily and smugly assert here. Appalling insensitivity.
We’re delighted to announce that, for the first time, Farmers for Climate Action is offering a career-defining Climate Smart Farming Scholarship to 20 leading farmers across Australia. Find out more and apply here: https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/csa-scholarship-2022/
Another innovative technology to replace fossil fuel electricity with renewables + storage 🤠. Full story here https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/a-world-first-power-plant-aimed-at-solving-mildura-s-rhombus-of-regret-20220921-p5bjq3.html
Have you experienced anxiety about your role as a farmer in the climate change debate?
Catch the latest Campfire blog at http://www.farmerhealth.org/category/campfire-blog, or listen to the latest Campfire podcast episode to hear from Charlie Prell (Farmers for Climate Action) on climate action & anxiety
The roll-out of large-scale renewable energy will happen in regional communities. They need to be properly consulted and share in the benefits. At the same time, it's useful to know that the amount of land required will be small compared to total agricultural land.