From the natural, social and economic perspectives, the growing impacts of climate change cannot be ignored.
Those impacts are particularly relevant for the agricultural industry, especially in a warm country like Australia. Our farmers must pay close attention to water consumption, biodiversity, and increasing natural threats like wildfires.
Fortunately, landholders can help minimise the impacts of climate change. For example, the Carbon Farming Initiative was set up to allow Australian farmers to benefit financially for each tonne of carbon that they either store, or reduce from their emissions. Increased carbon storage helps boost soil health and, combined with revegetation schemes, can restore degraded landscapes, protect livestock and reduce erosion. This benefits farm production output, and profitability.
Australia’s National Landcare Program offers an array of solutions for diversification and funding for change of land use – including carbon farming projects, organic farming or pasture and soil management.
Article Date: 6th May 2019