ASSISTANCE: Tony Walker, macadamia farmer hopes to capitalise on recent Federal Government investment in biochar field trials.
ASSISTANCE: Tony Walker, macadamia farmer hopes to capitalise on recent Federal Government investment in biochar field trials. Archive

Farmers hoping for slice of Govt funds

LOCAL landcare groups and farmers are hoping to get a share of the Federal Government's $64 million Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program.

Northern Rivers Landcare and Richmond Landcare have joined forces and hope to produce a series of videos featuring farmers and researchers involved in the Far North Coast biochar field trials.

"The videos will cover the industries involved, namely permanent tree-based horticulture, cropping and grazing," said Tony Walker, spokesman for both groups.

"A short introduction video outlining key concepts in soil carbon cycling and how biochar fits into the carbon farming system will also be developed."

"Bus trips for farmers and their advisors to visit actual field trail sites will also be included as part of the project."

The project will capitalise on recent Federal Government investment in biochar field trials.

"Biochar use in agriculture has been an issue of great interest in the region and there is the prospect of substantial local production from the Ballina Council biochar facility," Mr Walker said.

Individuals and organisations can apply for grants to assist farmers and land managers to adopt technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the program would help farmers to financially benefit from creating Carbon Farming Initiative carbon credits.

"This program provides farmers with the one-to-one assistance they need to make land sector emissions management part of their normal business decision making," Minister Ludwig said.

"Many greenhouse gas abatement practices also have productivity benefits that make sense for farmers to adopt-this program is about extending that to real world, on-farm adoption of the new technologies and practices."

"This is a great opportunity to take climate research to the next level and share its benefits with farmers and land managers, with funds available over the next five years," said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.



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