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GrainGrowers climate change policy, endorsed by the National Policy Group, seeks to maintain Australian grains domestic and global competitiveness while reducing emissions and increasing carbon sequestration. The grains industry has and will continue to adapt practices, systems and businesses to futureproof the sector, enabling farmers to operate sustainably and prosper in a changing climate.

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GrainGrowers Supports

  • Reducing emissions and the carbon footprint of the agricultural sector and all sectors of the Australian economy.

  • Coordinated Government policies and strategies to address climate change while supporting economic, environmental and social growth.

  • Net zero carbon by 2050 for agriculture and the need to develop a grain specific target for 2030 within the next 18 months.

  • Investment, development and adoption of innovation and technology which enables farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

GrainGrowers Recognises

  • The risks of climate change and climate variability to the grains sector are significant and impact every farm business. We recognise climate change also creates new opportunities for innovation and growth for the agricultural sector.

  • The importance of caring for and improving natural capital and believes the grains sector can thrive in a changing climate.

  • Climate change mitigation is a global responsibility and Australia must take a lead.

  • As a major land holder, Australian agriculture has responsibility to manage the landscape and is well positioned to positively contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • Emissions of (the GHG) nitrous oxide are a specific area for the grains industry to address.

  • Potential opportunities and new income streams for farmers may arise while transitioning to a low emissions economy and through participating in active carbon markets.

GrainGrowers Seeks

Research Development & Extension (RDE) investment to identify the baseline carbon footprint of the grain industry.

b. RDE investment to identify pathways to carbon neutrality (net zero) or better which are economically and socially feasible, followed by associated extension and adoption programs.

c. A consistent approach to carbon accounting and measurement across agricultural sectors to enable accurate measurement and assist with calculating mitigation efforts and offsets.

d. Governments to recognise and reward the contribution farmers have already made to adapt to a changing climate and incentivise farmers’ efforts to adopt emission reduction and carbon sequestration processes that generate co-benefits to community and the environment.

e. Regulation should not unfairly impose farmers with the cost of achieving national emission reductions objectives.

f. Regulations and legislation should encourage access to and adoption of innovations and technologies which support climate mitigation and adaption activities. This includes genetic modification and gene editing techniques.

g. Comprehensive strategy from Government to address climate change which incorporates the AGMIN national action plan.

h. AGMIN and its Climate Change Task Group to engage with industry on its national action plan as a matter of urgency and commit to publicly reporting on progress.

i. The Climate Solutions Fund to expand its guidelines to encourage greater uptake of agricultural climate solutions projects.

j. GRDC to report on its future-proofing climate related projects and to measure and report industry’s performance and progress on climate mitigation and adaption.

k. Any public environmental outcomes sought are agreed with land managers, including clear recognition of outcomes already achieved on farm, and appropriate incentives are available to achieve these.

l. Risk management tools and insurance models that enable businesses to mitigate climate risks.

m. Government funded education programs are developed and provided to assist farmers’ understanding of carbon generation, offsets and markets which may impact their business. This will include targeted extension programs which outline potential income opportunities for farmers from carbon markets.

Contact

ua.moc.sreworgniarg@eiderccm.anoif - Policy Manager, Sustainability & Natural Resource Management