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Farming in a risky climate: AFI conference + PICS

Liz Wells, June 26, 2019

THE Australian Farm Institute’s (AFI) mid-year conference in Brisbane today and tomorrow is tackling the big issue of climate change and its impact on agriculture.

Under the theme “Farming in a risky climate”, AFI executive director Richard Heath said the conference program sought to address what agriculture could do to anticipate and mitigate against the risks of climate change.

“We are unashamedly focusing on climate risk because climate risk has become so much more than just the weather from ethical investing impacting on access to finance to changes in biosecurity risk profiles to community trust issues in relation to agriculture’s impact on climate,” he said.

“Of course, there is the climate itself and the impact it will have on productivity and profitability for Australian agriculture.

“This conference is about understanding those risks and thinking about what the response to those risks might be. Agriculture will continue to evolve and farmers will continue to adapt and continue the growth that is making Australian agriculture one of the most exciting sectors of the economy.”

AFI conference gallery:

Agrihive’s James Walker, Longreach, Qld, Federal Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and Australian Farm Institute executive director, Richard Heath.

Consolidated Food Co’s Maeve Harding, Sydney, and Rural Bank’s Simon Dundon, Adelaide.

Federal Department of Agriculture’s Brendon Reading, Canberra, and CSIRO/University of Queensland’s Robert Arcidiacono, Brisbane.

South Bunarba Ag’s Sam Heagney, Mungindi, NSW, Berwyndale Pastoral’s Tamara Uebergang, Miles, Qld, and Dunkerry Partnership’s Nick Hill, St George, Qld.

Ag Victoria’s Michele Jolliffe, Warrnambool, Plant Biosecurity Research Institute’s Jo Luck, Melbourne, and Ag Victoria’s Jenny Treeby, Mildura.

Rabobank’s Tim Hunt, Melbourne, and ReAqua’s Karin Stark, Narromine, NSW.

Dairy Australia’s Alison Kelly, Melbourne, Grain Growers Ltd’s Fiona McCredie, Sydney, and Farmers for Climate Change’s Verity Morgan-Schmidt, Gheerulla, Qld.

Ag Victoria’s Rob O’Connor, Echuca, and Northern Territory consultant, Graeme Owen, Darwin.

Ag Minister David Littleproud’s senior adviser, Candice Stower, Brisbane, with Federal Department of Agriculture’s Jodie Biggin and Laura Olsson, Canberra.

Federal Department of Agriculture’s Lisa Skurowski and Jason Bakonji, Canberra.



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