The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has today welcomed Farmers for Climate Action as an Associate Member of Australia’s national peak agriculture body.
NFF President Brent Finlay said that joining forces will strengthen the agriculture and farm sector’s advocacy and influence on policy measures needed to help the sector adapt to a changing climate and response to Australia’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.
“Managing farm businesses in an increasingly variable climate is a real challenge for Australia’s farmers. As a nation, how we address this challenge will affect the competitiveness of Australia’s farm sector,” Mr Finlay said.
“The NFF welcomes Farmers for Climate Action as an Associate Members and we look forward to working closely in advocating for practical climate policies that will help meet Australia’s emissions reduction targets while ensuring that our sector can continue to grow and prosper.
“We believe there are opportunities to be harvested by increased investment in innovative solutions to climate challenges on farm. We need unlock the full potential for carbon abatement on Australian farmers and there are real opportunities for industry and government to co-invest in innovation to find the cost-effective emissions reduction technologies and practices that also improve on-farm productivity.
“Together with Farmers for Climate Action we will pursue farm- ready policy outcomes for the sector.”
Farmers for Climate Action is a new alliance of farmers and leaders of agriculture that wants to ensure the industry as well as individual farmers get the support and investment needed to adapt to a changing climate, and be part of the solution.
Committee member Lucinda Corrigan said becoming an associate member of the National Farmers Federation made sense for a grassroots organisation that wants to work with their peers to protect the future of farming and food production in Australia.
“Our members recognise significant changes are occurring in many sectors of agriculture, from grains to dairy to viticulture to fisheries, due to a changing climate. These are big issues that won’t be solved by an individual or individual group,” Ms Corrigan said.
“We want to work with as many fellow farmers as possible, and as many agricultural leaders as possible to ensure the interests of farmers are front and centre when it comes to making decisions.
“Our members are interested in everything from how farmers can take part in the current Emissions Reduction Fund, to how we can attract more investment to innovate in adaption and mitigation, as well as the opportunities that renewable energy represents for farmers and regional communities.”
Ms Corrigan, who is a cattle farmer and agribusiness leader from New South Wales, said Farmers for Climate Action had spent the past two months surveying more than 1300 farmers across the country on their views, experiences and expectations related to climate change and agriculture.
Farmers for Climate Action will attend the NFF Members Council this Thursday and Friday where they will present the survey findings to representatives of the NFF and to federal MPs early next week.