The role of farming in Australia’s reduced emissions future has been much talked about in recent weeks. To help bust the climate jargon and explain agriculture’s role in the carbon cycle, Australian Farmers has compiled 4 must-listen-to, podcast episodes covering farming and climate change.
1. There’s an Elephant in my Paddock!
Episode: Bigger, faster, stronger, hotter, more frequent- resilient farming in the face of extreme weather- Part 1
This episode discusses a question posed by Growcom Policy & Advocacy Manager, Richard Shannon: how do we ensure that horticulture is more resilient in the face of extreme weather events?
Central Queensland grower Sandi Groves has endured multiple disaster events and has emerged with a stronger business, find out how she did it.
Ed Cowie is in partnership on a farm with his father and was severely impacted by the same 2019 fires. But in terms of disaster fatigue, Ed has unique insights, stemming from his roles in emergency services as a police officer, fire officer and SES controller, with an in-depth knowledge of farming systems.
Richard Eckard is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (www.piccc.org.au), a research centre addressing the impacts of climate change on agriculture.
He says proactive farmers are already counteracting the effects of climate change. Listen here.
2. Better World Leaders
Episode: Anika Molesworth illuminates & inspires showing us what is possible & how to do what needs to be done.
Anika Molesworth details how through experience, knowledge and actions we can all influence change, be courageous and do things differently to address climate change and preserve our food systems now and for the future. Anika is a PhD in Agricultural Science, Founder Director of Farmers for Climate Action, Founder of Climate Wise Agriculture, WWF-Australia Governor and the author of the very brilliant ‘Our Sunburnt Country’. Listen here.
3. The Guardian: Australian Politics
Episode: David Littleproud on getting farmers on board with the climate flight
In this podcast episode, The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy sits down with Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, to discuss the National Party’s stance on reducing carbon emissions. They discuss how communities in regional areas want to see progress in tackling climate change, and whether the party is ready to address the facts or continue its turbulent stance While this episode may be a few months old, it provides significant content to the current politics of climate in Australia. Listen here.
Episode: The Carbon Market and what it means to Australian farmers with Oscar Pearse
Oscar and Susannah Pearse operate a 2800ha grain and beef farm at Moree, New South Wales. Prior to coming back to the family farm 11 years ago, Oscar worked for a number of agricultural organization in policy and management roles including AgForce QLD, Cattle Council of Australia, Australian Lot Feeders Association, and the MLA.
Since then, he has been a member of the NSW Farmers Association Conservation and Resource Management (CRM) committee, a participant of Grain Grower’s Australian Grain Farmers Leadership Program, and Australian Farm Institute Research Fellow, and until March this year was Project Manager for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment funded National Farmer’s Federation ‘Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework’. Listen to the podcast episode, here.