Coalition for Conservation invites you to join The Hon Darren Chester MP, Member for Gippsland for The National Party of Australia and The Hon Jerome Mayhew MP, Member for Broadland for the UK Conservative Party in a conversation on "The Future of Agriculture and Farming".
Australia is is trialling arrangements to reward farmers for improving on-farm biodiversity together with carbon projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) through the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot Program and delivering $32.1 million in additional funding to continue to promote biodiversity through the Agriculture Stewardship Package.
The UK is in the midst of implementing a series of policies taking steps to minimise disruptions arising from Brexit to their farmers, delivering an environmentally ambitious Environmental Land Management Scheme, which is a major part of the new system of agricultural payments established through the Agriculture Act to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, to make sure it incentivises more climate-friendly farming practices and better soil management. It is also reforming food labelling to promote better environmental outcomes, supporting the growing consumer preference to ‘buy local’, by helping to develop local supply chains to support farmers to sell direct to local people, and establishing a voluntary Farmland Carbon Code.
You will also hear from Doug McNicholl from Meat and Livestock Australia and farmer Oscar Pearse.
Join our speakers in this important discussion on how agriculture and land management can adapt to climate change in a way that promotes regional development, food security and job protection and what policy reforms might be required to enhance resilience and support our farmers. They will also touch upon the opportunities for closer agri-food trading relations between the countries through the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement.