Fine tuning farm planning for climate risk in Gippsland
15 November 2021
Farmers will have an opportunity to gather and share ideas on how to better equip their farm business for managing climate risk in workshops to be held at Bairnsdale (24 November) and Maffra (25 November) this month.
Livestock Industry Development Officer Janice Dowe said the workshops will provide insights into likely future seasonal patterns, based on CSIRO modelling as part of the Victorian Climate Projections report (2030).
“The workshops will discuss the projected impacts on Gippsland farming such as changes in rainfall patterns, temperature increases, and variable growing seasons.
“Many Gippsland farmers are already responding to climate variability and are adjusting their farming practices, including pasture management and species selection.
“Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss possible impacts on their farm business and explore practical strategies for adapting their farming practices in response to a more variable and changing climate,” said Ms Dowe.
Workshop presenters include:
- Dale Grey, Seasonal Risk Agronomist, with expertise in climate modelling, cropping, pastures
- Dr Elizabeth Morse-McNabb, Senior Research Scientist, Dairy Production Sciences with expertise in monitoring pasture quality and quantity using sensor technology
- Fiona Baker, Livestock Extension Officer, with expertise in pastures, grazing management and soil fertility (Bairnsdale session)
- Billy Marshall, Irrigation Extension Officer, with expertise in irrigation, pastures, cropping and soils (Maffra session).
Please register by 5 pm the day prior on Eventbrite:
- Bairnsdale, Wednesday 24 November, 10 am to 2 pm: Register for Bairnsdale event
- Maffra, Thursday 25 November, 10 am to 2 pm: Register for Maffra event
Delivered as part of the ‘Managing your farm in a changing climate: Adapting agricultural practice to a changing Gippsland climate’ project, funded through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.
The Local Economic Recovery “On Farm Recovery Support Services” project is jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Media contact: Helen Vaughan
Phone: 0409 255 140