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The future of farming using growing industries such as hydrogen, electric vehicles and battery storage will be discussed at the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo in Albury later this month. Photo by Megan Fisher

The 2022 National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo will be held in Albury later this month.

Expert speakers will outline the future of farming using growing industries such as hydrogen, electric vehicles and battery storage.

There will also be panel discussions on electric farm equipment, with topics such as how tractors can be rapidly charged during harvest and what happens to batteries if equipment isn’t used for months at a time.

Conference founder Karin Stark said the line-up of speakers was “incredibly strong’’ and included Dominic Murphy from Meredith Dairy, who uses bioenergy through a wood-fired gasifier to reduce its reliance on the electricity grid by 70 per cent.

“We also have farmers who have increased the carrying capacity of their farms by grazing sheep under solar panels and farmers who were 90 per cent self-sufficient in fuels by growing their own seed oils,” Ms Stark said.

“It is incredibly exciting and as we confront the reality of energy costs surging globally, there has never been a better time to talk about the benefits of embracing the renewable energy transition.

“As the world moves to net zero, there will be pressure on farmers to show how they are actively reducing emissions and the learnings from the conference show how farmers can make the most of these opportunities.”

The conference and expo will be held at Albury Entertainment Centre on Thursday, August 18.

A field trip to a solar farm grazing sheep under panels and a piggery using bioenergy is planned for the following day, but seats on the bus are limited.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.renewablesinagconference.com.au