New podcast series helps farmers build drought resilience and adapt to a changing climate

A new podcast series offers South Australian producers and agricultural enterprises practical advice, guidance and inspiration on preparing for and dealing with the challenges of drought.

The series, launched recently by the South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SA Drought Hub) features a range of experts and industry leaders who share insights and knowledge on how farmers and their communities can become more resilient to the challenges of drought.

Three episodes of the series have already been published, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience.

In Episode 1, James Kerr, the manager of Buckleboo Station in the northern Eyre Peninsula, shared his insights on regenerative farming practices, the importance of biodiversity, and how these practices can help mitigate the impacts of drought.

In Episode 2, Todd Woodard, the managing director of Peel Pastoral, a 2900-hectare grazing enterprise at Wrattonbully in South East South Australia, talked about the importance of good decision-making during dry seasons, providing practical tips for farmers during tough times.

In Episode 3, Associate Professor Will van Wettere, Dr Jamee Daly, and PhD student Bobbie Lewis Baida from the University of Adelaide, along with Dr Alice Weaver from the South Australian Research and Development Institute, discussed their research into combatting sheep heat stress, estimated to cost the Australian sheep industry more than $160 million per year.

“The SA Drought Hub podcast series has been received enthusiastically by our audience, and we are thrilled to have such knowledgeable guests sharing their insights with us,” SA Drought Hub Director Dr Stephen Lee said.

“We believe that the series will continue to provide valuable information and support to farmers and rural communities dealing with the challenges of drought.”

With the Bureau of Meteorology announcing an increasing probability of an El Niño and associated lower rainfall in SA, listeners should keep an ear out for upcoming episodes on preparing for drier conditions.

The SA Drought Hub podcast series is available on the SA Drought Hub website and can be accessed via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms.

For more information about the SA Drought Hub podcast series and to access the episodes, visit sadroughthub.com.au/category/podcasts.

The South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is one of eight Hubs established across Australia through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The SA Drought Hub brings together a dynamic network of primary producers, industry groups, researchers, government agencies, universities, agribusinesses, traditional owners and others to work towards a common vision to strengthen the drought resilience and preparedness of farms and regional communities in South Australia.

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Photo courtesy of Buckleboo Station