12 episodes

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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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

    Soil carbon farming: where are the benefits?

    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 min
    Opportunity costs in the Australian water market

    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 min
    Dr. Annette Cowie, IPCC report co-author

    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 min
    Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC/UTAS

    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 min
    Dr. Stuart Whitten, CSIRO

    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 min
    Tim Beshara, Wilderness Society

    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

    • 9 min

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