Drought resilience program showcased at seminar

News release | 30-Apr-2018

A new program to significantly improve the accuracy, understanding and use of climate forecasts in northern Australia will be showcased during a seminar next week at Beef Australia 2018 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Drought and Climate Adapation Manager Neil Cliffe said the “Future resilience of grazing businesses – investing in climate and people” seminar would provide graziers with a detailed insight into the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP).

"NACP, one of nine projects in the Drought and Climate Adaptation Program, is an $8 million partnership between the Queensland Government, Meat and Livestock Australia and the University of Southern Queensland to better manage drought and our variable and changing climate,” Mr Cliffe said.

“The seminar will detail the Government’s investment in cutting-edge research to improve seasonal forecasts for northern Australia to help the grazing industry build resilience and increase business productivity.

“This important work has already begun and seven part-time climate project officer positions will be created as part of the program.

“Presenters at the seminar will include the University of Southern Queensland’s Professor Roger Stone and Senior Scientist David Cobon and I encourage graziers to attend what will be a very informative session.”

Interested people can attend the seminar on Tuesday 8 May from 11.00am until 1.00pm in the Gallagher Livestock Manager Room of the James Lawrence Pavilion.

Tickets are just $20 and can be bought from the Beef Australia 2018 website, www.beefaustralia.com.au

More information about the Northern Australia Climate Program and other ways the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries supports Queensland’s $5.4 billion beef industry will be showcased at the Beef Australia 2018 event in Rockhampton from Sunday 6 May to Saturday 12 May.

Representatives from the Department’s beef extension and biosecurity teams will be at the Sidney Kidman Pavilion to provide support and extension advice to Queensland livestock producers.

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For more information on Beef Australia 2018 visit www.beefaustralia.com.au

Media contact: Brad Muir, (07) 3087 8600