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Adapting farming to climate change: have your say.

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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon

5 February 2009


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging Western Victorians to have their say in a new inquiry into government assisting Australian farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

“The House of Representatives Primary Industries and Resources Committee will be focusing on innovation and adaptation at the enterprise level, on the ground, and the role of government and research organisations in supporting this,” he said.

“It is important that local farmers have their say so the government can understand how to assist with changes needed for our farmers to adapt to changing climates. These changes are already occurring on the farm as many local farmers seek new and innovative methods to adapt their farming techniques to changing circumstances.”

Mr Hawker said the inquiry aims to ensure that innovation is being identified and supported, that new ideas are widely accessible, and that the implications of changes to farming methods for the supply chain and downstream processes are also considered.

The Committee will inquire into and report upon:

Current and prospective adaptations to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the potential impacts on downstream processing. The role of government in: o augmenting the shift towards farming practices which promote resilience in the farm sector in the

face of climate change; o promoting research, extension and training which assists the farm sector to better adapt to climate change. The role of rural research and development in assisting farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate


Submissions are due by Friday, 20 March 2009.

Submissions can be sent electronically to Submitters are encouraged to read the information on preparing a submission available on the committee website before lodging their submission.

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