Farmers lead the charge on lowering emissions on-farm

Image: In dry times, Angus cattle farmer fixes water trough for bulls during January 2020 drought

Agriculture in Australia is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. With the longstanding effects of a cycle of floods, bushfires, and drought still being felt on properties across the country, many farmers want to be involved in constructive science-based solutions to tackle the issues of a warming climate. Today, a workshop held by Australian farmers, aimed to generate conversations on feasible strategies for mitigating the sector’s greenhouse gas production. The event, “What Can Farmers Do? Farmer-led, Science-Based GHG Mitigation” co-hosted by the Crawford Fund and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, discussed the potential for innovations to be used to boost productivity on farms while reducing carbon emissions. The science on lowering methane emissions produced by livestock was also discussed including the industry’s ability to meet the Paris Agreement emission reduction targets.

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