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Episode 5 - Beef Meets Big Tech

Did you know only 25% of Australians believe farmers are adapting to climate change? Today’s guest has proven we are in fact world leaders when it comes to adapting to climate pressures. Stuart Austin of Wilmot Cattle Co in the NSW Northern Tablelands has pioneered a deal to sell around $500 000 worth of soil carbon credits to Microsoft. It’s the first sale of its kind in this country. The farm captures more carbon than it releases. Now he wants to share the knowledge he’s learnt along the way to keep the innovations coming.

Today we speak with Stuart Austin and discuss:

  • Stuart’s favourite place on the farm.

  • He elaborates on the term ‘GSD people’.

  • Stuart views farming as a noble profession, and shares how the true meaning of this has revealed itself over time.

  • He explains what it means to run a ‘climate positive operation.’

  • How Stuart sequesters carbon and the flow on effect to the nutrient content of his beef.

  • He is restoring the biodiversity of the farm by planting more than 25 thousand trees.

  • How only a quarter of Australians believe farmers are committed to improving the environment or are adapting to climate change, and Stuart's response to this.

  • The ‘Microsoft Project’ and how his operation now captures more carbon than it releases.

  • As a father himself, Stuart has a vested interest in how he leaves the land behind for the next generation.

  • What Stuart loves most about living on the land with his beautiful young family.

  • The ultimate dream for the future of Wilmot Cattle Co.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. Links:


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