The Farmers for Climate Action YouTube channel is filled with recordings of events, interviews with farmers and campaigns. Watch some of those videos here.

On Friday 25 September 2020, Farmers for Climate Action hosted the first in a new webinar series, The Road to Net Zero. Each webinar will focus on a particular industry or way that farmers can reduce their emissions, providing practical steps towards carbon neutrality.

In this first webinar we looked at livestock emissions. Tom Davison, University of New England, presented on how livestock emissions are calculated on-farm, and the potential areas for emissions reduction. Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Angus, spoke to her experiences in selectively breeding for a lower emissions herd and the benefits in doing so.

For more Farmers for Climate Action events visit out website https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/events/

The Regional Horizons and Change in the Air reports can be found here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/reports/

Photo credit: Angus Emmott Photography

Speaker Bios
Tom Davison
Tom Davison obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland on milk production from tropical grazing systems and led national research into heat stress management for dairy. He held investment positions in research management with Dairy Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia. While with MLA he led the National Livestock Methane Program from 2010-16 that conducted research into productivity in combination with methane mitigation in ruminants. His membership of the Emissions Assurance Reduction Committee and understanding of carbon markets gave rise to leadership of a study into pathways for the Australian red meat industry to become Carbon Neutral.

Lucinda Corrigan
Lucinda is the chair of Farmers for Climate Action and runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her husband in the Murray Valley, east of Albury. Lucinda’s leadership on climate change adaption in the grazing industry was recognised by the National Climate Change and Research facility, being named the 2012 Climate Adaption Champion. To accompany this, Lucinda is also the Director or Chair of multiple Organisations and Councils, including the Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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On Friday 25 September 2020, Farmers for Climate Action hosted the first in a new webinar series, The Road to Net Zero. Each webinar will focus on a particular industry or way that farmers can reduce their emissions, providing practical steps towards carbon neutrality.

In this first webinar we focused on livestock emissions. Tom Davison, University of New England, presented on how livestock emissions are calculated on-farm, and the potential areas for emissions reduction. Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Angus, spoke to her experiences in selectively breeding for a lower emissions herd and the benefits in doing so.

For more Farmers for Climate Action events visit out website https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/events/

The Regional Horizons and Change in the Air reports can be found here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/reports/

Photo credit: Angus Emmott Photography

Speaker Bios
Tom Davison
Tom Davison obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland on milk production from tropical grazing systems and led national research into heat stress management for dairy. He held investment positions in research management with Dairy Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia. While with MLA he led the National Livestock Methane Program from 2010-16 that conducted research into productivity in combination with methane mitigation in ruminants. His membership of the Emissions Assurance Reduction Committee and understanding of carbon markets gave rise to leadership of a study into pathways for the Australian red meat industry to become Carbon Neutral.

Lucinda Corrigan
Lucinda is the chair of Farmers for Climate Action and runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her husband in the Murray Valley, east of Albury. Lucinda’s leadership on climate change adaption in the grazing industry was recognised by the National Climate Change and Research facility, being named the 2012 Climate Adaption Champion. To accompany this, Lucinda is also the Director or Chair of multiple Organisations and Councils, including the Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC

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Road to Net Zero: Livestock Emissions with Tom Davison (UNE) and Lucinda Corrigan (Rennylea Angus)

Info Farmers for Climate Action 94 views September 28, 2020 1:51 pm

On 21 August, Farmers for Climate Action hosted Part 3 of the Regional Horizons Summit, Resilience Strategies.

In Parts 1 & 2 of the Regional Horizons Summit we heard about the threat of climate change, some of the financial implications and the possibilities that renewables and ecosystem service payments bring to agriculture. This webinar helps farmers begin planning practical strategies on their farm to help their farm business not just survive but thrive.

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards, RMIT University, provided insight into building genuine resilience, while Cam Nicholson, Agronomist, provided a framework for on farm decision making.

You can read the Regional Horizons program here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/

Sign the petition here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/net-zero-by-2050-petition/

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards
Lauren Rickards is a co-leader of the Climate Change Transformations research programme of the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, and co-director of the Climate Change Exchange to facilitate learning between researchers and practitioners. An interdisciplinary researcher, Lauren is a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and coleader of the Nature, Risk and Resilience group at the Institute of Australian Geographers. She has worked at the agriculture-climate change interface for the last fifteen years, with a focus on resilience and agricultural extension. This includes projects with Birchip Cropping Group and CSIRO, as an Associate Partner at RM Consulting Group and as coordinator of the with the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network. @LaurenARickards

Cam Nicholson
Cam Nicholson is a partner in Nicon Rural Services, a consulting business near Geelong working with the grazing and cropping industries and in natural resource management.  Cam has been involved in many farmer programs for the GRDC, MLA, Dairy Australia, Southern Farming Systems and Landcare.  He provides consultancy advice to farmers and lectures on animal and pasture systems at Marcus Oldham College. His most recent work has focussed on understanding and discussing risk in farming businesses and how to enhance decision making. He and his wife Fiona run a beef and sheep farm on the Bellarine Peninsula turning off cattle for the long fed Japanese market, lambs and wool.

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine 3450.

On 21 August, Farmers for Climate Action hosted Part 3 of the Regional Horizons Summit, Resilience Strategies.

In Parts 1 & 2 of the Regional Horizons Summit we heard about the threat of climate change, some of the financial implications and the possibilities that renewables and ecosystem service payments bring to agriculture. This webinar helps farmers begin planning practical strategies on their farm to help their farm business not just survive but thrive.

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards, RMIT University, provided insight into building genuine resilience, while Cam Nicholson, Agronomist, provided a framework for on farm decision making.

You can read the Regional Horizons program here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/

Sign the petition here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/net-zero-by-2050-petition/

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards
Lauren Rickards is a co-leader of the Climate Change Transformations research programme of the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, and co-director of the Climate Change Exchange to facilitate learning between researchers and practitioners. An interdisciplinary researcher, Lauren is a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and coleader of the Nature, Risk and Resilience group at the Institute of Australian Geographers. She has worked at the agriculture-climate change interface for the last fifteen years, with a focus on resilience and agricultural extension. This includes projects with Birchip Cropping Group and CSIRO, as an Associate Partner at RM Consulting Group and as coordinator of the with the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network. @LaurenARickards

Cam Nicholson
Cam Nicholson is a partner in Nicon Rural Services, a consulting business near Geelong working with the grazing and cropping industries and in natural resource management. Cam has been involved in many farmer programs for the GRDC, MLA, Dairy Australia, Southern Farming Systems and Landcare. He provides consultancy advice to farmers and lectures on animal and pasture systems at Marcus Oldham College. His most recent work has focussed on understanding and discussing risk in farming businesses and how to enhance decision making. He and his wife Fiona run a beef and sheep farm on the Bellarine Peninsula turning off cattle for the long fed Japanese market, lambs and wool.

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine 3450.

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Regional Horizons Summit Part 3 - Resilience Strategies with Lauren Rickards and Cam Nicholson

Info Farmers for Climate Action 36 views August 21, 2020 5:52 pm

After hearing in Part 1 from Lesley Hughes and Russell Mehmet on the changing climate and future of insuring for climate risk, in Part 2 we turned to the opportunities currently available on farm.

What renewable energy options are there for farmers currently? How can farmers benefit from the latest technological advances? What financial rewards are there for farmers doing good environmental work?

Karin Stark, Farm Renewables Consulting, spoke on her experiences with renewables in agriculture and the barriers to the uptake of new technologies on farm. Doug McNicholl, Meat & Livestock Australia, spoke to the market rewards currently available for farmers who engage in climate smart practices.

Regional Horizons is Farmers for Climate Action’s economic recovery program which places regional Australia at the forefront. (https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/)

The Regional Horizons Summit is a three-part series which takes a deep dive into the big issues that underpin the program, and the risks and rewards it presents for Australian farmers.

Part 1: Knowing and Managing Risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzenjmEquwo&t=2944s)

Part 2: On-Farm Opportunities

Part 3: Resilience Strategies

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Karin Stark
Karin Stark’s international and professional history combines 17 years of engagement with communities around contemporary environmental issues. She was a NSW-ACT Agrifuture’s Rural Womens Award Finalist last year for her work convening the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference. She is Director of Farm Renewables Consulting, is also a mum and works part time for ReAqua, with previous roles within the NSW State Government and in Landcare. Karin lives on a cotton farm that installed a 500kW solar diesel hybrid pumping system in 2018, the biggest in the country.

Doug McNicholl
Doug is a research and development Program Manager experienced in livestock production, technology development, and business administration. He holds the role of Supply Chain Sustainability Innovation Manager at Meat and Livestock Australia, investing $12M p.a. into innovation management services for the Australian red meat industry. His focus is investing in initiatives that maintain consumer and community support for the red meat industry and increase profitability in a sustainable manner. Investment areas include developing technologies and practices with value propositions for improved management of natural resources, energy, greenhouse gas emissions and waste streams. Former positions include R&D Program Manager at the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and various renewable energy project development roles in the UK.

After hearing in Part 1 from Lesley Hughes and Russell Mehmet on the changing climate and future of insuring for climate risk, in Part 2 we turned to the opportunities currently available on farm.

What renewable energy options are there for farmers currently? How can farmers benefit from the latest technological advances? What financial rewards are there for farmers doing good environmental work?

Karin Stark, Farm Renewables Consulting, spoke on her experiences with renewables in agriculture and the barriers to the uptake of new technologies on farm. Doug McNicholl, Meat & Livestock Australia, spoke to the market rewards currently available for farmers who engage in climate smart practices.

Regional Horizons is Farmers for Climate Action’s economic recovery program which places regional Australia at the forefront. (https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/)

The Regional Horizons Summit is a three-part series which takes a deep dive into the big issues that underpin the program, and the risks and rewards it presents for Australian farmers.

Part 1: Knowing and Managing Risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzenjmEquwo&t=2944s)

Part 2: On-Farm Opportunities

Part 3: Resilience Strategies

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC, 3450

Karin Stark
Karin Stark’s international and professional history combines 17 years of engagement with communities around contemporary environmental issues. She was a NSW-ACT Agrifuture’s Rural Womens Award Finalist last year for her work convening the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference. She is Director of Farm Renewables Consulting, is also a mum and works part time for ReAqua, with previous roles within the NSW State Government and in Landcare. Karin lives on a cotton farm that installed a 500kW solar diesel hybrid pumping system in 2018, the biggest in the country.

Doug McNicholl
Doug is a research and development Program Manager experienced in livestock production, technology development, and business administration. He holds the role of Supply Chain Sustainability Innovation Manager at Meat and Livestock Australia, investing $12M p.a. into innovation management services for the Australian red meat industry. His focus is investing in initiatives that maintain consumer and community support for the red meat industry and increase profitability in a sustainable manner. Investment areas include developing technologies and practices with value propositions for improved management of natural resources, energy, greenhouse gas emissions and waste streams. Former positions include R&D Program Manager at the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and various renewable energy project development roles in the UK.

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Regional Horizons Summit Part 2 - On-Farm Opportunities with Karin Stark and Doug McNicholl

Info Farmers for Climate Action 159 views August 3, 2020 6:35 pm

How is Australia’s climate changing? Are insurers prepared to cover Australian agriculture against climate risk? 

On Friday 17th July we held a webinar to hear the latest from the nation’s leading experts on climate change and insurance.

Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Council and Macquarie University, provided an overview of the climate change science in Australia, while Russell Mehmet, Willis Towers Watson, helped us to understand the future outlook for insurance, in particular farm insurance in light of climate change.

Regional Horizons is Farmers for Climate Action’s economic recovery program which places regional Australia at the forefront (available here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/)

The Regional Horizons Summit is a three-part series which takes a deep dive into the big issues that underpin the program, and the risks and rewards it presents for Australian farmers.

Part 1: Knowing and Managing Risks

Part 2: On-Farm Opportunities

Part 3: Resilience Strategies

Sign up for our events here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/events/

Speakers 
Lesley Hughes
Lesley Hughes is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. She has been researching the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems for more than 20 years.

She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia. She is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and a Director of WWF-Australia.

Russell Mehmet
Russell is an Account Director at Willis Towers Watson, a multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company. Russell has spent over 35 years in the insurance industry. During that time, Russell has successfully introduced, marketed and serviced some of Queensland and Australia’s largest accounts in the following sectors; Government, Natural Resources and Utilities, and Real Estate.

Russell has been involved in a number of agricultural specific projects, including the Drought and Climate Adaption Programme, CSIRO Data Project on Land Use and Yield, Queensland Farmers’ Federation Insurance Data Project, and the National Farmers’ Federation On-Farm Financial Risk Management Project – Mutuals and Co-operatives Sub-Project.

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine 3450.

How is Australia’s climate changing? Are insurers prepared to cover Australian agriculture against climate risk?

On Friday 17th July we held a webinar to hear the latest from the nation’s leading experts on climate change and insurance.

Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Council and Macquarie University, provided an overview of the climate change science in Australia, while Russell Mehmet, Willis Towers Watson, helped us to understand the future outlook for insurance, in particular farm insurance in light of climate change.

Regional Horizons is Farmers for Climate Action’s economic recovery program which places regional Australia at the forefront (available here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/)

The Regional Horizons Summit is a three-part series which takes a deep dive into the big issues that underpin the program, and the risks and rewards it presents for Australian farmers.

Part 1: Knowing and Managing Risks

Part 2: On-Farm Opportunities

Part 3: Resilience Strategies

Sign up for our events here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/what-we-do/events/

Speakers
Lesley Hughes
Lesley Hughes is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. She has been researching the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems for more than 20 years.

She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia. She is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and a Director of WWF-Australia.

Russell Mehmet
Russell is an Account Director at Willis Towers Watson, a multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company. Russell has spent over 35 years in the insurance industry. During that time, Russell has successfully introduced, marketed and serviced some of Queensland and Australia’s largest accounts in the following sectors; Government, Natural Resources and Utilities, and Real Estate.

Russell has been involved in a number of agricultural specific projects, including the Drought and Climate Adaption Programme, CSIRO Data Project on Land Use and Yield, Queensland Farmers’ Federation Insurance Data Project, and the National Farmers’ Federation On-Farm Financial Risk Management Project – Mutuals and Co-operatives Sub-Project.

Authorised by F. Davis, c/o The Hub, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine 3450.

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Regional Horizons Summit Part 1 - Knowing and Managing Risk with Lesley Hughes and Russell Mehmet

Info Farmers for Climate Action 207 views July 21, 2020 9:33 am

Ever felt overwhelmed or frustrated by the climate jargon? Wondering what it all means, and how it relates to you? Perhaps you just want a simple answer to a simple question: are we on track to limit global warming to 2 degrees?

With so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. 

The team at FCA was delighted to host a webinar with Bill Hare from Climate Analytics on 19th June 2020 to unpack all these questions and more. If you’re sick of the jargon and just chasing some straight answers; this is the webinar for you.

Bill Hare is a physicist, climate scientist and CEO of non-profit science and policy institute Climate Analytics. He has contributed to the development of the international climate regime since 1989. Bill was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, led the influential World Bank Turn Down the Heat reports series in 2013-2014, and is one of the leaders of the Climate Action Tracker. He has been described as the “go to climate advisor” of the most vulnerable countries, particularly the small island states (SIDS) and the least developed countries (LDCs).

You can read more about Bill here https://climateanalytics.org/about-us/team/bill-hare/

You can read more about Climate Analytics here https://climateanalytics.org/

For more information about FCA's Regional Horizons program mentioned throughout go here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/

Image credit: Angus Emmott Photography

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Ever felt overwhelmed or frustrated by the climate jargon? Wondering what it all means, and how it relates to you? Perhaps you just want a simple answer to a simple question: are we on track to limit global warming to 2 degrees?

With so much information out there, it can be overwhelming.

The team at FCA was delighted to host a webinar with Bill Hare from Climate Analytics on 19th June 2020 to unpack all these questions and more. If you’re sick of the jargon and just chasing some straight answers; this is the webinar for you.

Bill Hare is a physicist, climate scientist and CEO of non-profit science and policy institute Climate Analytics. He has contributed to the development of the international climate regime since 1989. Bill was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, led the influential World Bank Turn Down the Heat reports series in 2013-2014, and is one of the leaders of the Climate Action Tracker. He has been described as the “go to climate advisor” of the most vulnerable countries, particularly the small island states (SIDS) and the least developed countries (LDCs).

You can read more about Bill here https://climateanalytics.org/about-us/team/bill-hare/

You can read more about Climate Analytics here https://climateanalytics.org/

For more information about FCA's Regional Horizons program mentioned throughout go here https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/portfolio/regional-horizons/

Image credit: Angus Emmott Photography

Authorised by F. Davis, The Hub 233 Barker St, Castlemaine, 3450

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Action Trackers: It's Time to Step Up webinar with Bill Hare (Climate Analytics)

Info Farmers for Climate Action 89 views June 19, 2020 3:56 pm

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