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Farmers can and are cutting emissions and increasing productivity. We have nothing to fear and much to gain from strong climate action. Here's NSW farmer Lucinda Corrigan on ABC radio talking about methane targets and what she's achieved on her farm 👏

The full piece is available here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/australia-considers-joining-methane-pact/13943910
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We're getting excited about the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo, coming up in Albury on the 18th and 19th of August

On-farm renewables are a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. This event brings together farmers, agriculture and energy consultants, peak bodies and Government representatives to share stories of on-farm renewables, their business case and discuss what’s driving the transformation of energy use in agriculture.
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Today Australia increased its 2030 commitment on emissions reductions. This commitment will help drive strong emissions reductions across the economy this decade, which are needed to protect Australian farmers and food supply chains. We encourage the Government to look to farmers as partners in this effort, and work closely with us to ensure that farmers and regional communities share in the benefits from climate action. All of us stand to gain - from the cities to the bush - if we get this right. ...

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"This is a public good, society needs it, and it's intrinsically fair to pay compensation in recognition of the impact it has, and the benefit it's bringing," Mr Cass said.

The report found regional Australians are supportive of sustainable energy, motivated by electricity prices, unreliable services and the cost of diesel-fuelled backups.

But the reality can be complicated, and shared funds can support regions economically and socially.
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NSW to make single biggest investment in renewable energy

Link: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-to-make-single-biggest-investment-in-renewable-energy-20220609-p5asmc.html
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"It's quite important that we start to think about and plan for the future, because it's just going to rush up on us otherwise" - our Community Outreach Officer Pete Holding on ABC radio talking about climate impacts on agriculture and food supply chains. See our Fork in the Road report for more detail https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Fork-in-the-Road_V5.pdf ...

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Researchers push for carbon credit payments for Australian farmers who fence their dams

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-06-07/push-for-carbon-credits-for-farmers-who-fence-dams-/101128890
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All donations to Farmers for Climate Action today are being DOUBLED! Donate via the link in our profile or call 1800 491 633. Your donation will power Australia’s only farmer-led movement standing up for strong climate action. ...

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All donations to Farmers for Climate Action today are being DOUBLED! Donate via the link in our profile or call 1800 491 633. Your donation will power Australia’s only farmer-led movement standing up for strong climate action. ...

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Twiggy Forest urges new Government to stop new fossil fuel developments

Article: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7767768/fossil-fuel-worship-to-blame-for-crisis-twiggy/
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Farm in NSW Central West given new lease on life after 15,000 trees planted in shelterbelts

Link: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-06/nsw-sheep-farmer-plants-15000-trees-on-property-/101123228
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Great piece from Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action President Jo Dodds ...

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Thank god it's Friday! #mymoneydontjigglejiggle ...

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Join us for a webinar hosted in partnership with the National Landcare Network, where we will explore how building strong community networks can help us recover from climate disasters. RSVP via the link in our bio! ...

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"It is actually quite astonishing. Some of the sheep look fantastic. They're growing exponentially and the wool cuts are in the top 5 per cent in the district."

Article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-05-30/solar-farm-grazing-sheep-agriculture-renewable-energy-review/101097364?utm_source=abc_news_web&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_campaign=abc_news_web
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Farmers are adapting to higher fire risk by implementing successful practices and strategies on farm. But we need more support, direction and effort from governments. ...

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"The hits to the Nationals on climate change took place up and down the eastern seaboard ... In contrast, more moderate voices on climate within the Nationals, Kevin Hogan in Page and Mr Chester in Gippsland built on already strong margins" - The Weekly Times' David Johnston ...

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Meet Alisdair Tulloch, a fifth-generation grape grower and winemaker at his family vineyard Keith Tulloch Wines, certified as carbon neutral by the Federal Government.

"I have been watching our vineyards respond to changes in the climate my entire life. The increasingly extreme temperatures and droughts threaten the future of my wine region, my family business and my home.

"We have been implementing regenerative agriculture on our farm to promote soil health and to improve resilience.

"In 2018 we also made our family farm carbon neutral, as well as all of our wine products. This means that our operation, which previously emitted 660 tons CO2-e per year now has zero net emissions. This change has involved finding efficiencies across our organisation and investing in emissions reductions such as our new solar array."
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On The Australian front page, our exit polling reveals that climate was the key issue in rural seats in this election:

Exit polling conducted in the rural NSW seats of Gilmore, Page and Eden-Monaro has suggested that climate and environment policy were a key priority area for regional voters at the May 21 election.

Across all three seats, more than 40 per cent of those surveyed said climate change and the environment were in the top three issues informing their vote.

And more than 20 per cent across all three seats nominated climate and the environment as the key policy area on which they voted. Well ahead of economic management and health and hospitals.

“We need strong climate policy to drive deep emissions reductions this decade to protect the farmers who grow our food" said Farmers for Climate Action CEO Fiona Davis.

“Country people have seen the opportunity. Our 7,000 farmer members see the opportunity. We hope country politicians do too.”

(paywall) https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/election-2022-poll-reveals-climate-was-key-in-gilmore-page-edenmonaro/news-story/0fdd831385361741684bf55ea8be0878
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The only consistent outcome emerging from this election is for stronger climate action - across urban and regional electorates.

#TheClimateElection
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Climate has clearly been an issue for Australian voters in the country, the suburbs and the city. Australian voters seem to be backing deeper emission reductions this decade to protect the farmers who grow our food. This reflects what we're hearing from our more than 7000 farmer members across Australia. Strong climate policy can reduce the cost of living in the country and the city by cutting electricity bills and transport costs. Australian voters have sent a message and we hope all politicians listen. ...

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No matter the result of this election, we are so proud of the incredible work of our more than 7,000 farmers around Australia to keep climate action on the agenda.

Together we have put up over one thousand farm gate signs across the country, met with MPs and candidates, attended local meetings and candidate forums, written letters to the editor, and had important conversations about climate with friends and neighbours.

Whoever wins government, we know that farmer voices calling for strong climate policy are needed. We will continue to ensure that any person in office anywhere in Australia knows we need strong climate policy to protect Australian farmers.
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Any Dutch speakers out there? FCA Chair Charlie Prell was interviewed by Dutch photo-journalist Meike Wijers - the interview in Dutch (with Google Translate to English available) is here:
https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/05/19/australie-lijdt-onder-droogte-maar-veel-praten-liever-niet-over-klimaatverandering-a4124971
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Farmers reduce power bills by 80-90% with renewables ☀️

Full article via www.theland.com.au/story/7782945/how-farmers-are-using-renewables-as-energy-prices-grow/
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Farmers reduce power bills by 80-90% with renewables ☀️

Full article via https://www.theland.com.au/story/7782945/how-farmers-are-using-renewables-as-energy-prices-grow/Image attachment

Farmers can and are cutting emissions and increasing productivity. We have nothing to fear and much to gain from strong climate action. Here's NSW farmer Lucinda Corrigan on ABC radio talking about methane targets and what she's achieved on her farm 👏

The full piece is available here: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/australia-considers-joining-methane-pact/13943910
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Plant trees they feed on CO.2 and release Oxygen

Awesome to see farmers reducing the emissions from their own operations. Farming has been substantial contributor to GHG emissions. However to avert future climate çatastrophe requires strong Government leadership. Real climate action requires net zero before 2035, an end to all government subsidies for fossil fuel corporations and a complete ban on all new coal oil and gas projects.

Methane is not a problem. What a joke.

🌾WA'S FIRST CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE FELLOWSHIP 🌾

There was plenty of thoughtful discussion with Senator Sue Lines and my Agricultural Region colleague Shelley Payne MLC when we met with the Management Committee of #AgZero2030 earlier this week.

AgZero2030 has recently partnered with Farmers for Climate Action to deliver WA’s first Climate Smart Agriculture Fellowship; taking 49 farmers and industry professionals through an intensive 6 week course in climate science, and the risks and opportunities developing across the agri-food and fibre supply chains.

The Management Committee briefed us on the outcomes of the Fellowship, and their broader vision for Western Australia to emerge as a global leader in climate solutions.

#AgZero2030 recognise that climate policy will continue to be a critical challenge and opportunity at both State and Federal level, and are committed to working constructively to advance positive solutions for the agricultural
sector.

Congratulations to the 49 participants in the Climate Smart Agriculture Fellowship. Thanks to each of you for your commitment and willingness to tackle this complex issue.

Pictured from left to right:
AgZero2030 Director Dale Park, me, Senator Sue Lines, AgZero2030 Chair Simon Wallwork, AgZero2030 Company Secretary Christy Stevens, AgZero2030 Director Christie Kingston and Member for Agricultural Region Shelley Payne MLC
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We're getting excited about the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo, coming up in Albury on the 18th and 19th of August www.renewablesinagconference.com.au

On-farm renewables are a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. This event brings together farmers, agriculture and energy consultants, peak bodies and Government representatives to share stories of on-farm renewables, their business case and discuss what’s driving the transformation of energy use in agriculture.
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