Farmers for Climate Action and the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference invite you to join an exciting upcoming webinar – Farming under solar, wind and transmission lines.
As Australia transitions to a local carbon economy, what are the opportunities for combining agriculture with large scale energy infrastructure and generation?
Join us to hear from Aussie and Canadian farmers, who continue to farm under solar panels, wind turbines and transmission towers. They’ll discuss their operations, benefits and challenges.
Photo credit: Paul Squire Wines
Karin Stark’s international and professional history combines 19 years of engagement with communities around contemporary environmental issues. She’s Director of Farm Renewables Consulting and convenes the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference. Karin is a member of Farmers for Climate Action, works part time for RE Alliance as a Community Engagement Manager in the Central West Orana Renewables Energy Zone and lives on a cotton farm, that uses solar pumping, near Narromine.
Bernie Byrnes is a grazier, near Gunning and a Nuffield Scholar. He’ll be studying global farmland values and trends as part of his Nuffield work. Bernie has transmission towers that cross his land and is a neighbour to a wind farm.
Doug Hobson is a farmer around Bainbridge Central Highlands. His enterprise consists of mixed farming, prime lambs, studds, beef cattle and agro-forestry, as well as hosting a number of wind turbines. Doug is also President of the Central Highlands Football League.
Canadian farmers Chris Moore and his partner Lyndsey have been sheep farming since 2016. Lyndsey is a University of Manitoba graduate and an accomplished Agriculture writer with http://RealAgriculture.com, they farm in the Heart of the Ottawa Valley west of the City of Ottawa in Kinburn. They have been solar grazing since the fall of 2017.
Andrew Bomm is an agricultural consultant in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He specialises in providing advice to farm businesses about strategies for managing climatic risk, particularly in the irrigation sector. In recent years, Andrew has co-written independent impact assessments of proposed solar developments on agricultural production in southern NSW, including the adoption of sheep grazing-based agri solar systems.