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Farmers ready to lead the charge on climate action

Farmers ready to lead the charge on climate action | Our Future

There was a fair bit of commotion in Canberra last week, with a leadership spill in the National Party leading to Barnaby Joyce regaining the leadership.

It's heartening to see the Nationals consider net-zero by 2050, but a firm commitment with clear pathways to achieve this is needed.

I have had it with politicians point-scoring and squabbling over climate change, when we could be benefiting from a shift to a low-carbon economy.

I want to see the Nationals and all Australian political parties get serious about credible climate action so farmers and rural communities can start seeing the benefits.

Acting on climate makes financial sense.

There are incredible opportunities for farmers and farming communities, particularly around the massive investment we are about to see in renewables, and sequestering carbon in trees and soil.

As the EU drafts legislation that will penalise Australia's farmers over climate inaction, and we continue to be hammered by extreme weather events, this way forward seems like a no-brainer.

On a personal note, I have just moved back to my family's grains and sheep farm near Watchem, Victoria.

My family has been farming here for almost 100 years.

Having grown up in the millenium drought and amidst bushfires, floods and heatwaves, I thought long and hard about developing a career in agriculture.

I love being involved in the industry, it is constantly innovating and exciting to be a part of. It seeks continuous improvement, despite facing challenges such as climate change.

I am proud of the industry's ability to adapt.

At our place, we have shifted to minimal tillage, we direct drill and use weed recognition technology to reduce spray use.

We are always looking for ways to ensure we get a crop up, no matter what seasonal conditions we face.

But there's a limit to what we can do without the support of our politicians.

I'm already worried about the future of agriculture in the face of climate change.

So back to the Nationals, a party that claims to represent farmers and regional Australians.

It's time to listen to your constituents and retrace your roots - there are thousands of farmers across the country who care deeply about climate change and the impact it will have on our farms and our future.

Please help us transition to a low-carbon future.

Joe Boyle is a young grains and sheep farmer in regional Victoria. Last week he started a petition with Farmers for Climate Action calling on Barnaby Joyce to support meaningful action on climate change.

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