BRIEF – 30 March 2010 – The House of Representatives Primary Industries and Resources Committee has released a report addressing the challenges facing Australian farmers in adapting to the impacts of climate variability and climate change.

Entitled “Farming the Future: the role of government in assisting Australian farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change,” the report’s key recommendation is for Government to invest research funding in high priority areas such as soil carbon sequestration.

The report also compels the Government to develop a strategy to capture, evaluate and disseminate farmer driven innovations such as the use of perennial grasses, holistic management grazing, engineered woodlands and other options that have a significant capacity to increase the resilience and productivity of farm enterprises.

Other recommendations include increasing funding for research into energy efficiency and improving weather and climate forecasting at a seasonal and regional level.

Copies of the report can be obtained from the committee’s website at:  https://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/pir/australianfarmers/report.htm