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Professor Snow Barlow
Melbourne School of Land and Environment
Convener Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network
Ph:  61-3-9035 8266  E:

Associate Professor Richard Eckard
Melbourne School of Land and Environment
Director of The Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
Ph:  61-3-9035 8264 E:

Dr Nerissa Hannink
+61 3 8344 8151
0430 588 055


Agriculture and policy experts will gather on June 3 to explore research directions that will ensure profitable farming in Australia in a period of great change and opportunity.

Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network (PIARN) and the University of Melbourne, will host a symposium ‘Farm profitability in a food insecure world’ to explore future research, and carbon policy directions for Australian agriculture.

Professor Snow Barlow PIARN convener, at the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, commented that although projected increases in global food, fibre and biofuel demand in the next 20 years are now well documented, the real questions of how can Australian farmers take best advantage of these international drivers have yet to be answered.

“Leading national and international researchers and farmers will explore options for future farm profitability in the face changing climate and climate policy and how national carbon policy could support their endeavors,” Professor Barlow said.

“International speakers will provide specific insight into how countries like New Zealand, with around 50% of greenhouse emissions from agriculture compared with Australia’s 15%, are tackling carbon policy.”

”In the future, climate adaptation and mitigation policy and practice must be integrated if farmers are to catch this international wave of demand.”

Associate Professor Richard Eckard, Director of The Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) at the University of Melbourne will lead a discussion on the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and some of the challenges to the adoption of offset methods by farmers.

“The greatest challenge for the CFI is a timing mismatch between the immediacy of policy and the long timelines for research. Policy has an imperative to show that the CFI is successful, whereas research typically takes 10 to 15 years from concept to adoption,” Assoc Prof Eckard said.

His talk will also compare the effect on the CFI of the Coalition’s preferred ‘direct action’ option with a carbon price. 

The symposium will be held at the Lower Theatre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment (Building 142) Royal Parade, University of Melbourne, Parkville on Monday 3 June 2013.