Adaptation is protecting agricultural land, managing risks, profitability, resilience and opportunities in a changing climate
The agricultural sector is already making a major contribution to the Region’s efforts to adapt to a changing climate. It is increasingly science-driven and sophisticated in its responses to changing environmental and economic circumstances. With government and community support and with clear strategic coordination, this contribution will continue to grow.
|Adaptation plans and actions already underway|
Grains Research and Development Corporation
|Smart Farms Initiative|
Multi agency approach
State government with research partners
Birchip Cropping Group
Australian Government funded regenerative agriculture programs
Catchment management authorities
|Soil Moisture Network||Wimmera Catchment Management Authority|
|Grampians Regional Roadmap to Net Zero Emissions (R2Z)||Grampians New Energy Taskforce|
- Optimising soil functionality by maintaining or increasing soil carbon levels.
- Conserving soil moisture by maintaining ground cover in pasture and cropping systems.
- Embracing new technology.
- Sharing agricultural adaptation knowledge eg lessons from the WA wheat belt.
- Reversing population trends by providing employment opportunities for rural youth.
- Insurance incentives for sustainable agriculture.
- Farm diversification including biochar, bio-fuels, agritourism and niche industries.
- Intensification and water efficient food production systems eg horticulture.
- Opportunities for pipeline/reuse water eg west Grampians pipeline.
- Financial incentives to encourage ‘mosaic’ and other farm practice change as outlined in R2Z.
- Commodity price rises due to climate change will help provide capital for agricultural adaptation.
- Market disincentives to adaptation
- Regulatory and policy frameworks that discourage innovation and lack of stimulus that can be relied on for long-term change and commercial investment.
- Road and rail freight distances and cost.
- Lack of practical and proven models for agriculture under climate change.
- Lack of development of a bio-economy to provide a market for agricultural biomass.
- Lack of experienced consultants, contractors, and suppliers/installers of advanced systems.
- Lack of financial stimulus for carbon sequestration.
- Lack of bipartisan policy at state and federal level.
- Water utilities have limited capacity and permission to invest in climate adaptation except where externally funded.
Dr Robert Faggian from Deakin Centre for Rural and Regional Futures
Angela Clough from Agriculture Victoria
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