Primary industries set to grasp opportunities within a changing climate

Farmers, researchers and key stakeholders will come together to discuss climate change and agriculture at the 2012 Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI) Conference. The Melbourne-based conference is Australia’s only dedicated primary industries and climate change forum.

CCRSPI Executive Director, Professor Snow Barlow, said this will be a wonderful opportunity for farmers to hear about the latest national and international research and practices first-hand, and to interact with researchers and policymakers.

“The program has been shaped around the big questions of how Australia’s primary industries can adapt, mitigate and thrive in the face of present and future climate challenges,” stated Professor Barlow.

“Of key interest to many producers, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to consider the impacts on primary industries of the recently introduced carbon tax and current climate change research programs,” he added.

Emissions in agriculture features heavily in the program and Dr Jude Capper, sustainability consultant and Adjunct Professor of Animal Sciences at Washington State University, will discuss sustainability in the livestock industry. Additionally, Ben Keogh from Australian Carbon Traders and Fiona Robertson from Department of Primary Industries Victoria will be discussing soil carbon.

Delegates will also hear from social commentator and demographer, Bernard Salt; University of Melbourne’s Professor Ross Garnaut and Professor Richard Eckard; CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship’s Brian Keating; and producers and sustainable farming advocates Lucinda Corrigan and Sam Archer.

In partnership with the conference platinum sponsor, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, CCRSPI is pleased to offer travel bursaries and conference fee subsidies for a limited number of farmers and farm consultants/advisors. Go to the conference website’s registration page for more information.

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 27 – 29 November and includes a vibrant social program, including the opportunity to catch a one-day cricket match between Victoria and South Australia.

For further information, registrations and to view the conference program, visit: