Australian farmers live the reality of a changing climate with sometimes devastating impacts on production and profit. What do they need to not just survive, but thrive into the future?
The USQ-led Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales (SQNNSW) Hub is one of eight national Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, a flagship of the multi-billion-dollar Future Drought Fund. The Australian Government is investing $10 million in the University of Southern Queensland-led Hub over four years, with more than $10 million contribution from Hub Members and Network Partners. The collaborative venture was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management the Hon David Littleproud MP on 9 April 2021, and the Hub’s capacity to support agricultural innovation was expanded with a further funding announcement on 6 October 2021.
The Hub will empower stakeholders to co-design drought preparedness activities for the region. Hub members will apply proven drought-resilience research on the ground to improve innovation and adoption across agriculture, industry and the community.
World renowned climate scientists and community experts from USQ Research will lead this Federal Government Hub to help drought-proof the country. The national four-year program will see $86 million shared across the hubs to harness research, development, extension, adoption, commercialisation and knowledge.