The future of farming in the era of climate change

2 March 2019

Seemingly relentless climate-related headlines paint a picture of an agricultural industry under siege.
A seven year drought concluding in a once-in-40 year flood
Bushfires in a normally moist Tasmanian wilderness
Mass fish deaths and a river system in peril
The entire state of New South Wales is currently in drought
It has sparked concern among people like Nigel Gibson, who like many others have increasingly taken steps in their own suburban lives to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
But recent weather events have left Mr Gibson wondering if enough was being done for agricultural communities on a broader scale.
"Will farmers need to move or can they transition to other opportunities?" he asked ABC Central West NSW's Curious project.
"I feel this is something no-one is talking about."
It is true traditional agriculture is being increasingly tested, and until recently conversations around it evolving were largely taboo.
According to many on the ground, rural and regional Australia are now at a critical point in turning conversations into action.
But this is something farmers, by their adaptive nature, are well placed to do.
A redistribution of agricultural zones
Across Australia, our climate zones are moving. It's something Professor Mark Howden, the director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, has been tracking professionally for more than 27 years.
Read the full ABC article by Micaela Hambrett including commentary by Prof Mark Howden.  

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