The co-founder of charities Rural Aid and Buy a Bale says he wants to stop treating the symptom and go after the root cause of future extreme drought: climate change.
Charles Adler launched a new green agriculture charity, EcoForce, last week.
"We started the Buy a Bale campaign because, naively, we wanted to end drought. When we learnt more about it we learned the reasons why," he said.
"Rural Aid, when we finished up with them at the end of May, had something like 14,000 farmers on their books.
"We got to see a lot of farmers' properties [over the years[. It really made us think about why is this happening, what can be done, how can we better educate farmers. We saw some great farmers over those seven years that we were involved with Rural Aid. And we saw some that should probably either move on or get reeducated to make their farm more viable.
"When you add that to the increasing climate change that we are seeing - whether you like it or not, the days are getting hotter, fires are getting more disastrous - we've just got to admit something is changing in the planet. It just made sense to us is that if we can capture the C02 and reduce the emissions that will go some way to making farming and our lifestyle [last longer] I hope."
Mr Adler, now EcoForce CEO, said the new charity will help raise money to plant trees on properties all over Australia.
The money will also help farmers transition into regenerative agriculture.
He said the innovative approach to agriculture should make farming more profitable, while also sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
"Farmers are absolutely vital for the ability of us to to go to the fridge and get a drink or go and have a sandwich. If farmers can produce a better product and get a better margin, they'll do better, they won't be as reliant on government assistance or charitable assistance in times of natural disaster and they'll produce a much greater quality product."
The charity founder plans to fund the planting of millions of trees, paying farmers for re-foresting part of their property.
The Tamworth region is a "perfect region" for regenerative agriculture, he said.