Carbon Farming Awareness

The Awareness Raising of Carbon Farming Issues project is now completed.

It was a partnership project with all the NRM Regions in WA and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. The project was funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Carbon farming is the process of managing soil, vegetation, water and animals to increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a farmer or land manager, you can store carbon (sequester) through management practices such as planting trees or increasing soil carbon, or avoid emissions through the use of bio-fuels or the reduction of methane produced by animals.

Carbon farming activities provide farmers and land managers with the potential to benefit financially from reducing carbon pollution while at the same time improving resource management.

As part of this awareness raising project, DAFWA produced a number of Fact Sheets by analysing and capturing current and emerging information on carbon farming related policy, legislation and science, to identify carbon farming opportunities and risks. These fact sheets are grouped below by subject matter.

Soil

  • Applying biochar to improve soil quality and crop productivity
  • Claying as a method of increasing soil carbon content
  • Green and brown manuring as part of carbon farming
  • Nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soil
  • Applying lime to sequester carbon

Fuels

  • Liquid bio-fuel as a replacement for fossil fuel
  • Biogas generation and destruction for manure management

Plantings

  • Permanent environmental plantings to earn carbon credits
  • Farm Forestry

Cattle

  • Reducing methane emissions from beef cattle using feed additives
  • Cattle breeding for lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Managing genetic codes to reduce methane emissions from cattle
  • Managing pastures and stocking rates to reduce methane emissions from cattle

Sheep

  • Sheep genetics in methane reduction
  • Managing sheep pastures to reduce methane production
  • Sheep reproduction and reduction in methane emissions
  • Managing stocking rate to reduce carbon emissions
  • Nutrition and feed additives to reduce methane emissions

The Royalties for Regions Carbon Farming Awareness project also put together a showcase document/magazine of the project (see the ‘Latest Publications’ link below).

PUBLICATIONS: 

Carbon Project -Showcase Mag Aug16

Biochar and Avocado Trial Update_July 2016

Case study UWA Dairy Compost FINAL

FACT SHEET 1 UWA Dairy Compost FINAL

FACT SHEET 2 UWA Dairy Compost FINAL

If you would like more information on the outcomes of this project contact Project Manager, Wendy Wilkins, on wendy.wilkins@swccnrm.org.au or 9761 4184.

Bob Hingston measuring one of David Jenkins trees at the Catching Carbon with Trees workshop Photo: Richard Moore

Bob Hingston measuring one of David Jenkins trees at the Catching Carbon with Trees workshop Photo: Richard Moore