Experts converge to discuss environmental farming impacts

Experts converge to discuss environmental farming impacts

Here’s a particularly timely event given the ‘slow down on agriculture’ advice given by the review panel’s report on the ETS. Three of New Zealand’s leading climate experts will discuss the significant environmental and economic benefits of embracing sustainable practices in farming as part of a regional speaking series already underway.

Hosted by Horizons Regional Council, Maintaining farm productivity and profits in an uncertain climate is a free public seminar featuring presentations from former NIWA scientist Dr Jim Salinger, Lincoln University professor Caroline Saunders and business journalist Rod Oram.

According to Salinger, you need only look at events like melting Arctic ice and the recent heat waves in the US to see that climate change is happening. 

“It’s an issue that needs to be addressed, but it’s also an opportunity for New Zealand to be proactive and take the lead,” he said. 

The seminar isn’t just for farmers. Anyone interested in agriculture, climate change and the future of the region is welcome to attend. 

30 September: Palmerston North

11:00am - 1:00pm (morning tea 10.30am), Horizons Manawatu, Palmerston North Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North. For more info. contact Ally.Koehler@horizons.govt.nz

10 October: Oamaru

12:00 - 2:00pm Inkbox Theatre, Oamaru Opera House (Waitaki District Council). For more info. contact rmabon@waitaki.govt.nz

10 October: Palmerston

6:30 - 9:00pm. East Otago High School Library, Palmerston. For more info. contact dugald@es.co.nz

11 October: Dunedin

10:30am - 12:30pm. Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment CSAFE, University of Otago, Edgar Centre, Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin. Title: Preparing for White Swans: Climate change and opportunities for the agricultural economy. For more info. contact: chris.rosin@otago.ac.nz.

A second seminar will look at ethics and international issues at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago. Venue to be confirmed.

For more info. contact. Andrew Bradstock andrew.bradstock@otago.ac.nz

27 October: Invercargill

1:30pm - 3:30pm. Invercargill, Environment Southland. Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk Street, Invercargill. For more info. contact michele.poole@es.govt.nz

November 1: Wellington

4.30 - 6.30 pm. Victoria University of Wellington, Hunter Building, Council Chamber. Hosted by the Climate Change Research Institute.

Title: Preparing for White Swans: Climate change and opportunities for the economy.

For more info. contact: liz.thomas@vuw.ac.nz

7 November: Blenheim

3:00 - 5:00pm, Marlborough Wine Research Centre, 85 Budge Street, Blenheim. For more info. contact Rob.Agnew@plantandfood.co.n