Future Proofing Agriculture on Kangaroo Island Project
Future Proofing Agriculture on Kangaroo Island is a one year project made up of four components seeking to address the Australian Government’s Outcome 6: By 2023, there is an increase in the capacity of agriculture systems to adapt to significant changes in climate and market demands for information on provenance and sustainable production. The KI NRM Board is partnering with AgKI and PIRSA to deliver the project, though the full spread of agriculture industry groups on the island will be involved through being invited to participate in working groups.
The four components of the project will seek to:
• Develop an action plan for farmers and other stakeholders that identifies key priorities and strategies for adapting to the climatic changes that are anticipated for KI, including warming and drying, seasonal shifts, and more intense weather events. Some of the actions identified may be relevant in the short-term, requiring small incremental changes to farming practices, while others may be relevant in the medium to longer term and may be more resource intensive requiring system changes or even a complete transformation in approach.
• Identify and showcase new and innovative tools and technologies to improve on-farm decision making and farming practices, e.g. Pastures from Space
• Facilitate the uptake of opportunities under the Emissions Reduction Fund using the Australian Government’s methodology for sequestering soil carbon in grazing systems. The benefits of sequestering more carbon are multiple and include an additional source of on-farm income through the generation of carbon credits, increased soil carbon and hence improved soil condition leading to increased production and profitability. Being carbon neutral on-farm will help to maintain and improve market access through demonstrating sustainable and responsible production, as well as mitigating climate change.
• Investigate existing options for a suitable farm stewardship and accreditation scheme for KI to give consumers the reassurance they are increasingly seeking that food is produced in a sustainable and ethical way, thereby maintaining KI’s market access, substantiating the KI brand proposition, and potentially even fetching a premium price for product. Such a farm stewardship scheme should also seek to facilitate improved access to finance and should be practically useful to farm managers, rather than an added burden.
Natural Resources Kangaroo Island
Agriculture Kangaroo Island (AgKI) & Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)
Sustainable farming projects