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Australian Farm Institute Podcast

Australian Farm Institute Podcast

By Australian Farm Institute
The Australian Farm Institute is an independent institute leading farm policy discussions for agriculture.

Series 1 features recordings of the AFI's Roundtable held in October 2019 discussing how Australia values agriculture's natural capital.

Click the link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

Series 2 presents discussions on topical policy issues from AFI’s research and publications agenda.

Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
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Soil carbon farming: where are the benefits?

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Soil carbon farming: where are the benefits?
A landholder’s guide to participate in soil carbon farming in Australia In this episode we interview the authors of our latest occasional paper which looks at the benefits and costs to landholders of participating in soil carbon farming. AFI Executive Director, Richard Heath chats with guests Professors Robert White, Brian Davidson and Richard Eckard. Download the paper here, or copy and paste the following link into your web browser https://www.farminstitute.org.au/publication/a-landholders-guide-to-participate-in-soil-carbon-farming-in-australia/
47:46
August 20, 2021
Opportunity costs in the Australian water market
In this podcast, AFI’s Richard Heath is joined by the authors of a discussion paper the AFI has published on the rising opportunity cost of water for a chat on how this issue impacts the southern Murray-Darling Basin. Host: Richard Heath, Executive Director, AFI Guests: Dr Leigh Vial - Primary producer, Director of SunRice, Adjunct Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a former Head of the International Rice Research Institute's Experiment Station (Philippines). Andrew Bomm - Independent consultant, Progressive Agriculture To download the episode visit - www.farminstitute.org.au
32:33
February 23, 2021
Dr. Annette Cowie, IPCC report co-author
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: After Hours Forum Facilitator: Gabrielle Chan, The Guardian Newspaper Guest speaker: Dr. Annette Cowie, Principal research scientist, Climate, NSW DPI and co-author IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land Presentation summary: Dr Cowie is co-leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy research network ‘Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy’, and a member of the Science Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Her current research focuses on sustainability indicators and climate impact assessment in agriculture and forestry, including life cycle assessment of bioenergy and biochar systems. Dr Cowie’s keynote presentation at the AFI Roundtable After Hours Forum focused on the role of biochar in environmental restoration, especially in agricultural systems, as well as the role of agriculture in sustainable land management to address climate change impacts. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts http://farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/ Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
26:50
November 7, 2019
Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC/UTAS
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: Opportunities to build natural capital Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert Guest speaker: Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC and Adjunct Professor at University of Tasmania Presentation summary: Dr Ascui is an internationally recognised expert in environmental accounting and finance who has pioneered a new approach to evaluating natural capital credit risk in agricultural lending, and he is currently contributing to the work of the Soil CRC in this area. His AFI Roundtable presentation focused on the benefits of natural capital credit risk assessment for lenders, primary producers and the environment. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”: http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
12:10
November 7, 2019
Dr. Stuart Whitten, CSIRO
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: Opportunities to build natural capital Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert Guest speaker: Dr. Stuart Whitten, Economist at CSIRO Land & Water Presentation summary: Dr Whitten discussed natural capital market design at the AFI Roundtable, noting that reasons we are interested in markets are: · Placing positive incentives on desired outcomes · Flexibility in individual responses · Encouraging cheapest effective change In combination these can drive innovation and the “gains from trade” that create new and better ways to secure the future for farmers, Dr Whitten said. He said trust is the lubricant that facilitates the information exchange which underpins markets and is critical for farmer participation in natural capital markets. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”: http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
11:19
November 7, 2019
Tim Beshara, Wilderness Society
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: Opportunities to build natural capital Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert Guest speaker: Tim Beshara, Federal Policy Director of The Wilderness Society Presentation summary: Tim’s role with The Wilderness Society is to engage with parliament and industry around biodiversity law reform. Tim has a background in environmental restoration and invasive species management and has extensive experience of how environmental policy is made including the role of ministers, political parties, ENGO groups, parliament and the press gallery. At the AFI Roundtable, Tim outlined ways the ag sector could ‘Australian-ify’ an ecosystem services model that works for our landscape, geographic and political. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
09:52
November 7, 2019
Dr. Manu Saunders, UNE
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: Opportunities to build natural capital Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert Guest speaker: Dr. Manu Saunders, Ecologist at University of New England Presentation summary: Ecosystem services already play an invisible role in Australian agriculture, Dr Saunders told the AFI Roundtable. Production on many farms benefits from wild pollinators, natural enemies, healthy soil and native vegetation. The challenge, she said, is to find better ways to manage landscapes to sustain and value those ecosystems services, not deplete their supply, by focusing on the role of biodiversity in agroecosystems. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Weekly Times article: https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/incentivising-stewardship-of-agricultures-natural-capital/news-story/544558f451b8e9ae1d3ac60d50d28c58 Read UNE’s Farm Policy Journal article “Harmonisation of on-farm metrics for sustainability assessment of Australian agricultural industries” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
09:39
November 7, 2019
Jock Whittle, MIRA & Paraway
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: What support is needed to progress implementation of ecosystem services? Facilitator: AFI Chair, Andrew Spencer Guest speaker: Jock Whittle, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) & CEO Paraway Pastoral Company Presentation summary: Ag has a role to play in a low carbon future, Jock Whittle told the AFI Roundtable, and must find ways to halve emissions by 2050 yet increase food calorie production by 60% in the same period. Measurement is a challenge the industry needs to address, and MIRA are working with CSIRO to develop an emissions efficiency calculation tool called FarmPrint to benchmark farm emissions and environmental profiles such as water usage and soil health. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
16:34
November 7, 2019
Prof. Richard Eckard, Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: What support is needed to progress implementation of ecosystem services? Facilitator: AFI Chair, Andrew Spencer Guest speaker: Prof. Richard Eckard, Director of Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre Presentation summary: Prof. Eckard noted that funding and pricing ecosystem services is not a new discussion, and the supply chain needs good indicators of sustainability. He also noted that of the 100 largest global economies, 31 are countries and 69 are companies – perhaps market forces are now more influential than government policy. In addition, the R&D required to deliver ecosystem services – e.g. carbon neutral; agriculture – are hamstrung by 1-3 year funding / contract cycles. Read Prof. Eckard’s Farm Policy Journal article “Are grazing systems inherently carbon neutral?” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
12:52
November 7, 2019
John Woods, GRDC
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: What support is needed to progress implementation of ecosystem services? Facilitator: AFI Chair, Andrew Spencer Guest speaker: John Woods, Chair of Grains Research Development Corporation Presentation summary: John Woods discussed the ongoing work of ensuring future sustainability for the Australian grains industry, with a focus on nitrogen use, market access, natural capital and farm business health. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
18:32
November 7, 2019
Dr. John Hewson, Business Council for Sustainable Development
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: History and future of ecosystem services Facilitator: AFI Executive Director Richard Heath Guest speaker: Dr. John Hewson, Chair of Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia Presentation summary: Former Liberal leader John Hewson delivered a scathing rebuke of the Government's climate change policy at the Roundtable, saying "we don't have a sense of urgency to achieve these emission reduction targets". Dr Hewson argued that regenerative agriculture can offset future emissions and supported plans for a HECS-style scheme that would see farmers receive a baseline carbon reading to help remove barriers for those looking to explore carbon farming initiatives as the market developed. ABC News article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-10-19/hewson-slams-coalition-on-climate-change-as-business-takes-lead/11617292 Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
12:10
November 7, 2019
Lorraine Gordon, Regen Ag Alliance
Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable Session: History and future of ecosystem services Facilitator: AFI Executive Director Richard Heath Guest speaker: Lorraine Gordon, Founder of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance Presentation summary: The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance is a collaboration of Australia’s leading researchers and practitioners in regenerative agriculture with the aim to improve the holistic health and wellbeing of Australian landscapes, farmers and communities through research, education and practice. Lorraine Gordon told the AFI Roundtable that regen practice can rebuild agriculture’s natural capital and provide ecosystem services to society. Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers More on the RAA: https://www.scu.edu.au/regenerativeag/ Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services” http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019 Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com
18:28
November 7, 2019