Focus on farming beside solar and wind power

Sheep Central, October 11, 2021

New South Wales grazier and Nuffield scholar Bernie Byrnes will share his experiences on farming in the webinar.

FARMING under solar panels, wind turbines and transmission lines in Australia and overseas will be the focus of a webinar on 14 October.

Farmers for Climate Action and the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference is hosting the webinar to outline and explore the opportunities to combine agriculture with large scale energy infrastructure and generation.

The webinar will feature Australian and Canadian farmers discussing the benefits and challenges of farming under solar panels, wind turbines and transmission towers.

The speakers will include director of Farm Renewables Consulting and convenor of the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference Karin Stark. She is a member of Farmers for Climate Action, works part-time for RE Alliance as a community engagement manager in the Central West Orana Renewables Energy Zone and lives on a cotton farm near Narromine, New South Wales, that uses solar pumping.

New South Wales grazier and Nuffield scholar Bernie Byrnes from near Gunning will speak on his studies and experience with transmission towers across his land and as a neighbour to a wind farm. He will be studying global farmland values and trends as part of his Nuffield work.

NSW agricultural consultant in Wagga Wagga, Andrew Bomm, specialises in providing advice to farm businesses about strategies for managing climatic risk, particularly in the irrigation sector. He has co-written independent impact assessments of proposed solar developments on agricultural production in southern NSW, including the adoption of sheep grazing-based agri-solar systems.

Central highlands mixed farmer Doug Hobson hosts a number of wind turbines on his land where he runs prime lambs, studs, beef cattle and agro-forestry.

Canadian farmers Chris Moore and his partner Lyndsey will outline their sheep operation under solar panels. Lyndsey is a University of Manitoba graduate and an accomplished agricultural writer. They farm in the heart of the Ottawa Valley west of the City of Ottawa in Kinburn.

The webinar will be held on 14 October, 2021 from 10am (AEDT). For more information and to register click here.



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