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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Australia's Farming Future Initiative

The release of Australia's federal budget (the first of the new government) identified priority areas of climate change adaptation, particularly in the agricultural arena.

As reported here,The Australia’s Farming Future initiative is worth $130.0 million over four years, including:

*$60.0 million for the Climate Change Adaptation Partnerships Program to increase our understanding of climate change impacts and improve on-farm preparedness;
*$15.0 million for the Climate Change and Productivity Research Program to undertake research on managing emissions and adaptation; and
*$55.0 million for the Climate Change Adjustment Program to provide primary producers with professional advice, training and re-establishment grants.

In addition, grants of up to $5,500 will be available under the Climate Change Adjustment Program to provide farmers with professional advice on climate change risk management or (more ominously) prepare for a career switch.

A Forestry Adaptation Action Plan ($8.0 million over three years) has also been established for that sector.

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