CASHEN, Michael

Michael Cashen

Research interests

  • Investigating the biophysical and economic impact of, and adaptation to, a changing climate for mixed farming systems in NSW.
  • Exploring climate impact and adaptation of both dryland and irrigated mixed farming systems through a whole farm economic framework.
  • Working collaboratively to develop and refine research programs that inform key on farm decision making processes to reduce economic risk and capitalise on opportunities.

Background

Michael joined DPI in 2002 and held various extension focused positions within the agency working with land holders in the Hunter Valley on business planning, irrigation management and climate risk management. In 2008 Michael moved to the Riverina and worked closely with the Riverina Dairy Industry providing support during the Millennium drought and in 2010 took up a research role at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Research Centre with the DPI Climate Impact and Adaptation team. Since joining the climate team Michael has led a number of research projects focusing on quantifying potential impact of projected changes on both dryland and irrigated productions systems across the state and exploring viable adaptation options for farmers. Michael has a particular interest in integrating biophysical and economic modelling and is looking at building on this existing base through the completion of a Masters in Agricultural Business Management.

Qualifications

  • BASc UWS
  • PG DipEd UWS
  • PG Cert Climate Change for Primary Industries, UMelb

Current projects

  1. Lead and manage the NSW transect component of the DAFF funded ‘Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming
  2. Lead and manage the biophysical and economic modelling of future climate on 3 irrigated mixed farms in the, Murray LLS region.
  3. Contribute to the Rural Research and Development for Profit project entitled ‘Improved use of seasonal forecasting to increase farmer profitability’.

Recent publications

Cashen M, K Broadfoot, P Graham, A Clark 2016. Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming-NSW Transect. Milestone report 6 Economic and emissions assessment.Department of Agriculture.

Cashen M, K Broadfoot, P Graham, A Clark 2015. Evaluating transformative adaptations options for Australian extensive farming- NSW Transect. Milestone report 5 Adaptation assessment.’ Department of Agriculture October 2015.

Cashen M, K Broadfoot, A Clark, P Graham P, J Finlayson 2015. Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming - NSW Transect. Milestone report 4 Impact assessment. Department of Agriculture May 2015.

Cashen M, P Graham, K Broadfoot, J Finlayson, A Clark 2015. Biophysical and economic impacts and adaptation options in a changing climate for low rainfall mixed farms in southern NSW. Final Report LA1984. Report to NSW Local Land Services February 2015.

Cashen M, P Graham, K Broadfoot, J Finlayson J, A Clark 2015. Biophysical and economic impacts and adaptation options in a changing climate for low rainfall mixed farms and graziers in the rangelands zone of the Murrumbidgee catchment area. Report to NSW Local Land Services April 2015.

Cashen M, P Graham, K Broadfoot, J Finlayson, A Clark 2015. Climate change adaptation in southern NSW lower rainfall agriculture. Final report stage 1 MU9016.Report to NSW Local Land Services June 2015.

M Cashen, J Finlayson, A Clark, K Broadfoot, P Graham 2015. Options for mixed farming in southern NSW in 2030 (PDF, 1112.48 KB). Primefact 1418 NSW DPI.

Professional associations and activities

  • N/A

Fields of research

  • 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Irrigation
  • Biophysical and economic assessment of farming systems
  • Mixed farms
  • Climate change
  • Climate variability

Contact details

Email: michael.cashen@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute