Carbon Farming Awareness

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Carbon Farming Awareness project is aimed at raising awareness of carbon farming in the South West community, and the possible opportunities and risks that this presents.

The project aims to increase the understanding of carbon farming by directly engaging with landholders through workshops, field days, demonstration sites, and distribution of Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) information packages at regional events and through SWCC communication channels.

Two popular events, Biochar – Black Magic? and Catching Carbon with Trees, were very well received. They provided attendees with the latest information about how these carbon farming activities can increase their on-farm production, while also identifying what risks and opportunities may be present in relation to the carbon market.

A significant achievement was the partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA) to establish three demonstration sites that will investigate soil microbial processes and soil carbon for dairy pastures amended with compost. The research undertaken by UWA builds on an existing project under SWCC’s National Landcare Programme funded Innovation on Farms project and will provide valuable information to dairy farmers who have a growing interest in soil amendment strategies. UWA will also prepare fact sheets and a case study at the conclusion of the project in 2016.

Carbon Farming Awareness is a state-wide Royalties for Regions funded project that is managed and administered by Rangelands NRM, on behalf of DAFWA. All of the other Regional NRM groups in WA are involved in the delivery of the project to their local communities.

The collaborative nature of the project brings Regional NRM groups and DAFWA together on a regular basis to share and disseminate the project results and key learnings. This has improved collaboration amongst these groups and has facilitated improved sharing of information.

The project has been promoted in Ripe Magazine of Farm Weekly. SWCC published two articles in this publication; one promoting the Biochar – Black Magic? workshop (half page) and another outlining the Catching Carbon with Trees field day (full page).

Whilst the project has already delivered on the majority of milestones, further community engagement activities will be undertaken and may include a field day or workshop focused on carbon farming activities. The Steering Committee also organised a joint project display at the Talkin’ Soil Health Conference, a farmer and community-focused conference on 10-11 September, in Kojonup.

“There are many production benefits of carbon farming. For many farmers, however, the benefits of participating in a formal scheme are still uncertain. Our goal is to provide the latest information and resources so that farmers can make informed decisions.”

Wendy Wilkins, SWCC Project Manager.

FUN FACT

The average car emits approximately 5 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent (CO₂–e) every year. A 28 year old managed agroforestry plantation at Bridgetown sequesters 13 tonnes of CO₂–e per hectare per year.

FUNDING RECIPIENTS

  • University of WA

COMMITMENT
2 workshops delivered

ACHIEVEMENT
2 workshops delivered

COMMITMENT
2 field days delivered

ACHIEVEMENT
2 field days delivered

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