Carbon Farming Initiative

“Carbon Tax” – opening up opportunities in Australian agriculture.

 

In May, the Federal Government announced the successful applicants of  “Filling the Research Gap” and “Action on the Ground“,  round one funding, direct beneficiaries of the Clean Energy Futures policy.

I think its great to see the variety of projects and it’s the first real step to getting farmers and the rest of Australia away from their reliance of fossil based products and toward more sustainable agricultural systems.

Overall 117 projects shared 72 million dollars with research including ...

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New Carbon Farming Methodologies Open for Comment

Two new Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies have been released for public comment by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The methodologies are:

Reforestation and afforestation

This methodology proposal involves the reforestation of cleared land and afforestation on land where no forests previously existed in order to sequester carbon.

  • The project activity involves establishing trees through direct means, such as hand-planting seedlings, machine-planting seedlings, or direct seeding
  • The project activity occurs on lands ...
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Biochar Trials in West Midlands WA

We travelled to Dale Park’s property just south of Badgingarra in the Northen Ag Region of Western Australia (WA) on Friday the 25th to lend a hand to Dale, Paul Blackwell from DAFWA and Dave Gartner from AG Lime WA to lay down the West Midlands Group’s first biochar trial under the Northern Agriculutral Catchments Council (NACC) Sustainable Farming grant.

This trial is looking at annual pasture response with an application of 2 different biochar with and without lime. The group also ...

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Keep an open mind on carbon farming.

It was with some interest when I read an article on E farming’s website titled “Farmer group warns of new carbon trading”.

Urging farmers to act with caution is good advice; farmers do need to understand the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the obligations that come with undertaking projects under the scheme. However, saying that farmers reject a carbon economy is really burying your head in the sand and not looking at the opportunities that will ...

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Environmental Plantings Methadology Approved

The Federal Government announced today that the Environmental Plantings methodology under the Carbon Farming Initiative has been approved.

What this announcement means is that finally farmers and land managers across Australia will be able to generate extra income by planting of permanent stands of native forest trees, something most farmers have been doing for years.

 

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Carbon Farming Begins Business

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) Administrator has been appointed and the CFI is now operational which will allow land managers, farmers and landfill operators to participate in carbon markets.

The Government has taken industry views into account in making regulations for:

  • the Australian National Registry of Emission Units which will support both the Carbon Farming Initiative and the carbon pricing mechanism;
  • An initial list of activities which will be eligible under the CFI once technical methodologies are ...
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Funding for Carbon Farming

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food have launched “Filling the Research Gap” as part of its Carbon Farming Futures Program. 201 million dollars will be invested to support research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, sequester carbon and enhance sustainable agricultural practices.

The funding is available to Australian companies, business, research organisation, government agencies and departments. Research priorities for funding ...

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Carbon Tax – Countryman Response 21st July

Carbon tax – Energy Farmers Countryman Letter

There is still a lot of negativity in the agriculture community about the governments Clean Energy Future policy and carbon tax, here is a letter written to the Countryman about why the policy has merit! See the link here

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Carbon Price – Insuring our future

Whatever side of the political fence you sit the federal government’s announcement yesterday does have some good outcomes for rural communities.

The Carbon Faming Initiative will pay farmers who change the way they farm and use practices that lock up carbon in trees or in the soil and who reduce their on farm emissions.

Carbon Farming Futures Program ($429 million over the first six years) will help farmers and landholders benefit from carbon farming by ...

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