What's the future for farming in southern NSW?
1 JANUARY 2003
Once a safe region for mixed farming, the southern NSW district around Wagga Wagga is now enduring an unprecedented period of low rainfall affecting both dryland and irrigated farmers. A public seminar and forum entitled A Dry Argument will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Wednesday 29 July to examine some of the consequences of drought and the difficulties farmers face in adjusting to dry periods. “Agricultural scientists, agribusiness and policy makers are often swept up in the technology of coping with drought and maintaining production, rather than considering their response to the ‘big picture' travails of farmers. The future of farming is a topic worthy of careful consideration,” said CSU organiser Emeritus Professor Ted Wolfe. “We’re bringing together experts from Victoria and across the Riverina to share their experience and insight.” The EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between CSU and NSW Department of Primary Industries) is hosting the event in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and Wagga Wagga City Council.