New government handbook aimed at Australian farmers to cut carbon emissions

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 3rd April 2012

The Australian Government released today a ‘Carbon Farming Handbook’ which aims to provide information for farmers in Australia wanting to participate in the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

The handbook sets out how landholders and farmers can improve their land and farm sustainability while also generating carbon credits that can be sold on domestic and international markets.

The CFI, which commenced in December 2011, encourages farmers to generate extra revenue by reducing agricultural and landfill waste pollution.

Several methodologies are already approved under the CFI, including flaring landfill gas, methane in piggeries, planting native tree species and reducing pollution from savanna fires.

Further methodologies are currently being developed with the CSIRO, universities, other research bodies and the Federal Government, to create dairy cattle food supplementation, enhanced efficiency fertilisers, manure management and soil carbon.

In November 2011, the government announced the first round of its AU$99 million ‘Action on the Ground’ grant program to support farmers as they adjust to Australia’s new carbon tax regime.