Climate Change and Agriculture

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Project supported by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office

Making Cent$ of Carbon and Emissions on-farm

Making Cent$ provides examples of actions that farm businesses can take to improve their emissions performance on-farm under key action areas.  The booklet is aimed to help farmers take control of their situation and consider options to improve resource efficiency of their operations.

  Making cent$ of carbon and emissions on-farm   (9Mb)

 

Climate Change policy

The Climate Change flyer outlines the current policy of the Australian Government (as at May 2014).

  Climate Change Policy   (2Mb)

 As mentioned in the attached document, the Australian Government has established the Emissions Reduction Fund to tackle climate change.  The objective of the Emissions Reduction Fund is to help Australia to meet its emissions reduction target of five percent below 2000 levels by 2020.  
Through the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Government will purchase lowest cost abatement (in the form of Australian carbon credit units) from a wide range of sources, providing an incentive to businesses, households and landowners to proactively reduce their emissions.
The first Emissions Reduction Fund auction by the Clean Energy Regulator commenced on 15 April 2015 at 9:00am and will close at 5:00pm on 16 April 2015. Results will be released on 23 April 2015. More information can be found on http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

​Tasmanian Farming Futures project

Tasmanian case studies

The fact sheets below provide real Tasmanian case studies on how producers are improving farm efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emission.
 
Case studies include:

Case studies were produced by the Tas Farming Futures projec​t led by RM Consulting Group with funding from the Australian Government.

Farm Emissions Reduction Planning Information Guide

The Farm Emissions Reduction Planning Information guide provides a guide for the development of Farm Emissions Reduction Plans (ERPs). This guide is intended for advisors and consultants preparing farm plans for their Tasmanian clients but can also be used by farmers to develop their own plans. The guide is also available on the RM Consulting Group​ web site​.

Further resources can be found on the ​My Carbon Farming web site.

​Soil Carbon Stories

Working with farmers to increase soil carbon storage (PDF) is the stories from six Tasmanian graziers who have experimented with pasture management techniques on their farms.  Each case study highlights how graziers can make changes to pasture management to best suit their local environment and farm business.  The stories tell the importance of enhancing the health and resilience of pasture-based enterprises into the future.  The two year project monitored the effect of management change on soil carbon storage under dryland grazing.  This publication was produced by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Pear Consulting.

​Information Sheets

Impacts of climate change on agriculture is a joint production of the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and the following information sheets focus on opportunities and risks associated with climate change across a range of Tasmanian agricultural enterprises: 

Impact of climate change on Tasmanian agriculture - overview

Information Sheet (2.84 MB, 4 pages)


Dryland pastures (red meat production)

Information Sheet (2.36 MB, 4 pages)

Extensive dryland pastures (wool production)

Information Sheet (2.99 MB, 4 pages)


Irrigated pastures (dairy production)

Information Sheet (2.32 MB, 4 pages)

 

Meander Valley - barley, poppies, pyrethrum, blueberries and hazelnuts under irrigation

Information Sheet (2.23 MB, 6 pages)


Wheat production (cereals)

Information Sheet (2.80 MB, 4 pages)


Wine grape production

Information Sheet (3.21 MB, 4 pages)


 

What farmers say about climate change

Information Sheet (3.67 MB, 5 pages)


 

If you require low resolution copies to be emailed to you or hard copies to be posted of these information shTIAR logoeets, please contact TIA Corporate Communications, email: tia.enquiries@utas.edu.au

The material in the information sheets was developed from outputs from the Climate Futures for Tasmania project. In particular, from the Impacts on Agriculture Technical Report (Holz et al 2010), available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.


 Photo montage credits (l - r) Suzie Gaynor, Rachael Brown, Suzie Gaynor, Stefanio Lubiana Wines, Suzie Gaynor

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