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Farmers move to weather a warmer future through regenerative farming

Coming out of a rough couple of years, innovators in the dairy industry are looking at the economic and climate forecasts and taking steps to protect themselves. Grace Aicken continues our special series on regional responses to climate change.

Farmers move to weather a warmer future through regenerative farming

Peter Doolan hooks up a cow to the milking machine on the family's property west of Warrnambool. The Doolan’s 600-head dairy operation is the epicentre of a pilot program trialing emerging regenerative farming techniques to put carbon back into the soil. Photo: Jack Banister

Words by Grace Aicken
Photos by Jack Banister

Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is a multimedia feature series, co-published in part with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).

To visit this multi-media report, click here.


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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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