Climate Change and Organic Cropping
Climate change represents numerous future difficulties for the agricultural sector with extreme weather events already costing Australian farms on average $30,000 annually and rising (ABARES). Organic agriculture presents a growing opportunity to mitigate climate change by reducing direct and indirect sources of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration. Increasing soil carbon is just one of the many ways farmers can mitigate the effects of climate change. Join us as we delve further into this issue from a cropping perspective hosted by AOL Technical Officer Josefine Pettersson.
The cropping industry, through the leadership of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have invested in CSIRO research towards climate resilience for grains.
Join AOL Technical Officer Josefine Pettersson as she talks to Professor Terry Rose, who brings a wealth of knowledge behind intercropping and other plant based solutions for potential sequestration. Professor Rose will discuss his research under the Soil CRC. Josefine will also speak with Dr Maartje Sevenster, lead researcher behind the Australian Grains Baseline and Mitigation Assessment report from the CSIRO. This is to be followed by a discussion with Fiona McCredie, Policy and Sustainability Manager for peak industry body GrainGrowers, about the Grains Sustainability Framework that has been devised to strengthen sustainability in the grain industry across the decade until 2030.
Questions that will be spoken about
- What can organic cropping producers do to stay ahead of the sustainability curve?
- How important are emissions in cropping and how can this be linked with business resilience and yields?