Agriculture ministers have agreed a plan should be drawn up to highlight the risks and opportunities the agriculture sector is facing because of climate change.

The study would also include a proposed work program for climate change adaptation, they decided on Friday.

‘We need to help farmers adapt and change as the climate changes, to protect our food production, our rural jobs and country towns,’ federal minister David Littleproud said.

Agriculture Victoria will take the lead on the project, which is also expected to outline current emissions management works.

Australia has committed to reducing overall emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.

But the agriculture sector is expected to face some difficulty in lowering its emissions.