An observed trend over the past 60 years reveals progressively earlier maturation dates for Shiraz grapes grown in Central Victoria.

Australia's variable climate requires proactive farmers

Successful farmers are adaptation experts – they listen to what their land, plants and animals tell them, and respond in order to optimise their business.

Proactive farmers

Widespread impacts of extreme weather

Extreme weather repeatedly affects the Australian farming sectors and while some are responding strategically, the industry needs improved risk management strategies to manage it better.

Impacts of extreme weather

Cows in shade during heatwave

Climate Change: Agricultural Impacts & Adaptation Course

Global food production is facing many challenges to meet current and future demand. Impacts of climate change on agriculture will add stress to our ability to produce enough food for a growing population with fewer resources. Adapting agriculture to climate change to meet these needs is a critical challenge for current and future generations.

This subject will examine the potential impacts of climate change on agricultural production and explore adaptation options within various sectors of agriculture and food production. This exploration of adaptation options will include consideration of barriers that may hinder effective adaptation.

Climate Change & Agricultural Adaptation

Jersey heifers

Dairy's changing future

The dairy industry is adaptive by nature, but farmers are likely to face a range of new challenges due to the ever-increasing impact of climate change.

Dairy farming in 2040


Global warming to change how and where fruit grows

Some of Australia’s favourite fruits are under pressure from climate change, with growers set to face difficult choices in the years ahead.

Fruit adaptation study

The biophysical and policy impacts of a changing climate are likely to be far-reaching for Australian agriculture, placing substantial pressure on an industry operating in an already-complex and climatically variable environment.

The Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) was launched in February 2011, as a research centre addressing the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture.

Today, PICCC combines resources and activities to broker projects, lead research, development and education related to climate change and the primary industries. Read more

Featured research

Fruit tree adaptation

Increasing the Australian fruit tree industry's preparedness for climate change.
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Offset options for cattle

Strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of dairy and beef products.
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Evaluating abatement strategies

Assessing emissions abatement and carbon sequestration strategies for the dairy, sheep and beef industries.
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