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 come in the longer term.
Permanence is an issue under the CFI however, this only applies to biosequestration projects (i.e. planting trees) and potentially soil carbon projects. Other activities under the CFI such as methane reduction in piggeries (biogas) and fertiliser management are not subject to this obligation.
I think farmers are smart enough not to tie up productive land for 100 years but I also know every farmer has that patch of dirt that does not perform, no matter what they do with it. At least now they can take that land out of the system, plant a few trees and get paid to do it. Seems like common sense to me, a win for the farmer and the environment.
Let’s not get too scared of a price on carbon, it’s a necessary evil that will, in the longer term enable us as farmers to transition away from our reliance of fossil fuels and move toward more sustainable farming systems.