Extension and Outreach Project List

​​Successful projects under the Carbon Farming Futures  Extension and Outreach program were announced on 10 April 2013. The program is investing in 24 projects, from 2012–2013 to 2016–17 valued at $21.3 million.

Profitable Dairying in a Carbon Constrained Future—Dairy Australia Limited

Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST

This project is to create a 'carbon literate' dairy community capable of integrating emissions management and the CFI into the farm business.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Dairy

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Profitable dairying in a carbon constrained future
Dairy Australia
Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Australian Dairy Farmers, Meat & Livestock Australia, University of Melbourne, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Communications/media contact

Catherine Phelps
cphelps@dairyaustralia.com.au
(03) 9694 3730

Project narrative

Dairy farms are sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but there are options that reduce emissions and improve business performance. This project will deliver to dairy farmers and their service providers the comprehensive knowledge and tools that are required to assist them to confidently select the most appropriate emissions reduction options for their farm businesses, and to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

  • Increase industry exposure to GHG emissions reduction options.
  • Coordinate national resources and communication across the four dairy focussed Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach projects.
  • Develop regional capacity to identify options to reduce emissions directly via the CFI or indirectly via efficiency gains.
  • Deliver the tools and knowledge that dairy farmers need to select the best options for their businesses.

Locations

The project will be delivered in all eight dairy regions; sub-tropical, New South Wales, Murray, Gippsland, Tasmania, western Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, but with a higher focus in those regions where the milk companies with Extension and Outreach projects (Bega, Fonterra and Murray Goulburn) have fewer suppliers.

Key activities

  • Training for project delivery staff in carbon farming concepts and options for emission reduction.
  • Development of regionally relevant dairy emissions management information and tools to assist dairy farmers and their service providers.
  • Coordination of information flows from research projects focussed on emissions reduction strategies and of information flows within the dairy industry.
  • Establishment of innovation hubs in six dairy regions to identify and drive relevant local activities.
  • Establish up to six ‘carbon focus farms’ to highlight profitable emissions reduction activities on real farms.
  • Conduct at least 45 carbon innovation activities, including those associated with the carbon focus farms.
  • Integrate carbon emission reduction information into extension activities where appropriate.

Outcomes

The project outcome will be Australian dairy farmers confidently identifying and implementing emission reduction strategies as part of the everyday management of profitable dairy businesses.

Implications

Dairy farming makes significant contributions to the emissions of two key GHGs: methane from cows and nitrous oxide from soils. There are currently few CFI methodologies to directly reduce these GHG emissions so the primary focus for this project is to improve the efficiency of dairy farming operations by reducing the emissions per litre of milk. Many of these efficiency improvements also have the potential to boost farm profits, making their uptake possible without direct payment to dairy farmers. This opportunity for win-win outcomes provides the Australian Government and the dairy industry with significant opportunities to reduce emissions.

Publications/ communication material

As material is produced by the project, it will be integrated into the section of the Dairy Australia website that is dedicated to climate and GHG gas issues – http://frds.dairyaustralia.com.au

A new approach to formalising nutrient management planning as a decision making tool for dairy farmers—Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Funding of $434,000 ex GST

This project is to address the knowledge and application gap in the dairy sector around nutrient management planning to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase whole farm productivity.

Target regions: Southern NSW, Vic, Tas and SA
Target audience: Dairy

Plain English summary

Project title:

A new approach to formalising nutrient management planning as a decision making tool for dairy farmers

Lead organisation:

Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

David James
david.james2@fonterra.com
(03) 8541 1818

Project narrative

The purpose of this project is to assist dairy farmers to understand the scope of on-farm environmental impacts and, through the implementation of nutrient management planning programs, reduce these impacts and improve productivity.

Objectives

The principle objectives of this project are to engage a number of regional nutrient management co-ordinators, up to 75 supplier farms and local consultants, to implement farm nutrient management planning programs.

Locations

Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

Key activities

  • Engaging a number of regional co-ordinators.
  • Delivering nutrient management planning on-farm with 75 farms.
  • Delivering carbon farming and Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) information to the dairy industry.
  • Evaluating the usefulness of nutrient management planning in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieving other environmental benefits in the dairy industry.

Outcomes

  • Improved knowledge and skill base (both on-farm and with extension providers) around management practices for the reduction of GHG emissions on-farm.
  • Improved knowledge of participation in the CFI.
  • Reduction in nitrous oxide emissions through the managed application of nitrogenous fertilisers.
  • Improved pasture health, animal health, productivity and farm profitability.
  • Improved resilience in the dairy sector and community amenity.

Implications

Controlled application of nitrogen fertiliser, via a well constructed and relevant nutrient management plan has been shown to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase whole farm productivity by improving soil and pasture, while also delivering improved animal health.
GHG emissions and farm profitability are closely linked. Emissions reduction programs can not only reduce on-farm emissions but contribute to a profitable and long-lived industry.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Bega Cheese supporting gas-reduced dairies – encouraging the adoption of improved emission management practices through direct engagement—Bega Cheese Limited

Funding of $850,000 ex GST

Through direct engagement, this project is to provide information to Bega Cheese dairy farmers and key service providers on emissions reduction activities and CFI participation options.

Target regions: NSW (south coast) and Vic (Gippsland, Western District and Shepparton irrigation region)
Target audience: Dairy

Plain English summary

Project title:

Bega cheese supporting gas reduced dairies

Lead organisation:

Bega Cheese Limited

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

Melissa Balas
Melissa.balas@begacheese.com.au
(02) 6491 7695

Project narrative

The project will provide direct advice and extension services focussing on emissions reduction activities and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) opportunities to Bega Cheese’s entire supplier base.

Objectives

  • Develop expertise in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration methods for dairy farms.
  • Deliver accurate and clear information to farmers and key influencers on emissions reduction methods and carbon farming opportunities.
  • Monitor changes in management practices adopted by farmers to reduce emissions or adaptation strategies adopted to minimise impact of climate change.

Locations

Primary supplier regions, Bega, Gippsland, south west Victoria and northern Victoria

Key activities

  • One-on-one engagement with milk suppliers.
  • Bega Cheese environmental management system Sustainability Assessments.
  • Professional development programs for milk suppliers.
  • Service provider workshops in each region (service providers being dairy consultants, stock agents, agronomists etc).

Outcomes

At the completion of this project Bega Cheese’s field services team and key service providers will have an increased understanding of strategies to reduce emissions and sequester carbon on dairy farms.
Most of Bega Cheese’s suppliers will have an increased understanding of emissions management strategies and how to participate in the CFI. They will also have implemented programs to reduce emissions or improve resilience to climate change.

Implications

Dairy farming contributes to the agriculture sector’s emissions in Australia. There are industry identified management practices that can reduce emissions from dairy farms and this project will seek to encourage the adoption of those practices.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

MG more from less-helping dairy farmers secure a sustainable future—Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd

Funding of $600,000 ex GST

This project is to engage the dairy industry on greenhouse gas management and farm efficiency using newly developed tools and training field staff.

Target regions: NSW (Riverina), south east SA, western Vic, northern Vic and Tas
Target audience: Dairy

Plain English summary

Project title:

MG more from less: helping dairy farmers secure a more sustainable future

Lead organisation:

Murray Goulburn Cooperative Ltd

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

Mark Jago
mark.jago@mgc.com.au
0458 400 017

Project narrative

The project aims to support Murray Goulburn Co-operative dairy farmers in achieving the lowest possible level of on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through efficient farm resource management using a multi-level delivery approach.

Objectives

To use Murray Goulburn Co-operative’s intimate knowledge of their supplier base to deliver targeted messages on best practice resource management, which affects GHG emissions, and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Locations

In the dairy regions where Murray Goulburn Co-operative operates in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Key activities

The project will train Murray Goulburn Co-operative field operatives in dairy farming carbon emissions management and also train and support farmers who will develop ‘farm carbon action plans’ for implementation. The plans target the key farm areas of revegetation, nutrient management, energy use and cow nutrition, assisting 100 farmers over the project to implement practices that manage GHG emissions and sequester carbon. This work will be extended out to the wider supplier base through field days, mass media, the Murray Goulburn Co-operative website and MG F@rm via the MG FarmC@re module.

Outcomes

  • Better understanding of farm GHG emissions by up to 35 per cent of Australia’s dairy farmers and their field service staff.
  • Improved knowledge of the CFI.
  • Reduced emissions from farms, more efficient resource use and improved farm profitability.

Implications

This project will tackle reducing emissions through better management of those resources used in the dairy industry that have the key impact on emissions and profitability of the dairy farm. It will work with farmers from Australia’s biggest dairy processor in four states.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Awareness workshop: the business case for carbon farming—Kondinin Information Services Pty Ltd 

Funding of $697,196 ex GST

This project is to deliver business planning workshops to improve farmers' knowledge and skills on carbon farming and increase their participation in the CFI.

Target regions: NSW, SA and WA
Target audience: Broadacre, cropping and livestock

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Awareness workshop: the business case for carbon farming: improving your farm’s sustainability
Kondinin Information Services Pty Limited (Kondinin Group)
Nil

Communications/media contact

Nilay Gencturk
(02) 8252 9415

Project narrative

This project will conduct 36 awareness raising workshops to improve the knowledge and skills, and increase the engagement of, farmers who can potentially receive carbon credits as a result of participating in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The workshops cover business considerations for farm owners for carbon offsets projects applicable in a farm-based business.

Objectives

This project aims to improve farmers’ CFI knowledge and skills by:

  • Conducting 36 one-day business awareness workshops. That will increase farmers’ engagement with the CFI and assist them when considering the business opportunities presented by the scheme.
  • Disseminating information to farmers and their influencers by publishing periodical articles concerning the business case for carbon farming in Farming Ahead magazine and other publications based on the information gathered in the business workshops.

Locations

  • Western Australia: Midwest and central east, central midlands, northern wheatbelt, southern region and south west region, pastoral region and Gascoyne.
  • South Australia: Mid and upper north, south east, Flinders pastoral, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Riverland, Murray Mallee and Lower Lakes, Barossa and mid north.
  • Victoria: Central west, southern regional Bourke and northern region.
  • New South Wales: North, central, south, east and western region.

Key activities

  • Deliver 36 free workshops across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
  • Produce and publish a course manual suitable for farmers participating in the workshops.
  • Author four periodical articles, concerning the business case for carbon farming.
  • Author two research reports, either published separately or as part of Farming Ahead magazine, concerning the CFI.

Outcomes

Increased engagement of farmers with the CFI and enable them to better consider the business opportunities presented by the CFI for their farm’s sustainable future.

Implications

The result of the project will be that growers gain an understanding of the CFI and the business implications of participation. Through this they will be in a better position to make informed decisions concerning their participation and more prepared to consider the implications of participation.

Publications/ communication material

Periodical: Farming Ahead magazine
Online publication and news: www.farmingahead.com.au

Building resilience and sustainability in the grape and wine sector—The Australian Wine Research Institute

Funding of $750,484 ex GST

This project will disseminate current technical information about greenhouse gas emissions, carbon storage and the CFI to stakeholders of the Australian grape and wine sectors and support them to achieve best management practice.

Target regions: National (the 64 wine grape growing regions of Australia)
Target audience: Viticulture and wine

Plain English summary

Project title:

Building resilience and sustainability in the grape and wine sector

Lead organisation:

The Australian Wine Research Institute

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

Rae Blair
rae.blair@awri.com.au
(08) 8313 6600
Ella Robinson
ella.robinson@awri.com.au
(08) 8313 6600

Project narrative

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) will take a coordinated, national approach to disseminate current technical information about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, carbon storage and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) to stakeholders of the Australian grape and wine sector and support them to achieve best management practice in this regard.

Objectives

This project will enable land managers in the grape and wine sector to better understand and make decisions concerning GHG emissions, carbon storage and participation in the CFI by providing access to technology, skills and decision support.

Locations

The resources developed in this project will be accessible to all stakeholders of the Australian grape and wine sector via the AWRI website (www.awri.com.au) and face-to-face workshops in 34 winegrape growing regions.

Key activities

The AWRI will deliver current and accurate information to key influencers and people on the ground in the grape and wine sector via a range of extension platforms and decision-support tools.

Outcomes

The delivery of this project will fill a significant gap in information about GHG emissions management and CFI participation to the grape and wine sector and will ultimately ensure Australia has a sustainable, globally competitive and resilient sector.

Implications

This project will inform stakeholders of the grape and wine sector of GHG emissions strategies, including tillage management, cover cropping, fertiliser application and nitrous oxide management, and identify other opportunities to participate in the CFI. The project will also increase engagement with stakeholders in the grape and wine sector with regard to the CFI, and promote action in relation to the emissions implications of other industry-specific activities.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Carbon farming and your business—Holbrook Landcare Network

Funding of $651,000 ex GST

This project is to deliver regionally relevant information and support to land managers in southern New South Wales who wish to take part in the CFI, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

Target regions: Southern NSW
Target audience: Mixed farming (beef, sheep and cropping)

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Carbon farming and your business
Holbrook Landcare Network
EH Graham Centre

Communications/media contact

Chris Reid
chrisreid@holbrooklandcare.org.au
(02) 6036 3181

Project narrative

This project will deliver clear, credible and regionally relevant information and support to land managers who wish to take part in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequester carbon in the landscape.

Objectives

To support land managers and farmers to integrate emission abatement and carbon management into land and farm planning.

Locations

The high rainfall areas of southern New South Wales incorporating the southern Riverina and the south west slopes.

Key activities

  • Interact with land managers.
  • Interact with the scientific community.
  • Develop project material, including case studies, success stories and factsheets.
  • Develop an easy to use nutrient/fertiliser tool.
  • Deliver information to farmers and land managers.

Outcomes

  • A reduction in land sector GHG emissions.
  • Increased vegetative and terrestrial carbon sequestration.
  • Increased understanding of the carbon cycle within a farm system context.
  • Increased uptake of recommended practices in relation to land sector GHG emissions management.
  • Informed decision making in regard to climate change issues.
  • Greater use of management tools to support science based decision making.
  • On-going interest in carbon farming and related issues beyond the life of the project.

Implications

  • Will provide regionally specific carbon information.
  • Improve land holder knowledge of the CFI.
  • Provide a focal point for detailed scientific and practical information in relation to land sector emissions.

Publications/ communication material

www.holbrooklandcare.org.au

Carbon farming in the Australian cotton industry—Cotton Research & Development Corporation

Funding of $1,374,700 ex GST

This project is to help cotton and grain growers, advisers, researchers and industry to better understand climate change science and how farming practices contribute to emissions avoidance and sequestration.

Target regions: Qld and NSW cotton growing regions
Target audience: Cotton

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Carbon farming in the Australian cotton industry
Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC)
Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (on behalf of the Cotton Development and Delivery Joint Venture)
Cotton Australia
The University of New England
New South Wales Trade & Investment
CSIRO Plant Industry
Grains Research and Development Corporation
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Queensland University of Technology

Communications/media contact

Dr. Ian Taylor
ian.taylor@crdc.com.au
(02) 6792 4088

Project narrative

This project aims to integrate the latest information on carbon, climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management into the cotton industry’s extension efforts. This will be done by up-skilling industry information providers, incorporating information into the myBMP web portal tool (an online farm management tool for cotton growers) and developing cotton specific carbon farming communication campaigns.

Objectives

  • Increase cotton industry understanding of GHG emissions reduction possibilities and sequestration from the cropped areas of the farm.
  • Increase cotton industry understanding of emissions reduction possibilities and carbon sequestration in non-cropped areas of the farm.
  • Clarify to cotton industry participants the opportunities, benefits and trade-offs of participating in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and/or implementing potential mitigation and sequestration options.
  • Upskill cotton and grains industry advisers, extension networks and key influencers.
  • Consolidate current, cross-sectoral science and provide clear direction for future research.

Locations

The activities will take place across the cotton industry, which is located in the regions; Riverina, Macquarie Valley, Namoi Valley, Bourke, Gwydir Valley, Border Rivers catchment, Darling Downs and Central Queensland.

Key activities

The key activities that will be delivered during the project are:

  • Training of industry extension staff (regional development officers).
  • Development and delivery of a training course to cotton industry advisers on the fundamentals of emissions management and the CFI.
  • A carbon farming in cotton and grains systems technical forum.
  • A communication campaign to improve the use of seasonal weather forecasting models/tools.
  • Revision of myBMP modules for input efficiency, soil health and natural assets for development and extension to cotton growers via a targeted campaign.
  • Targeted extension campaign aimed at cotton growers (in both cropped and non-cropped areas of the farm), to provide information and raise awareness about greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in cotton farming. Along with the opportunities, benefits and trade-offs of participating in the CFI and/or implementing potential mitigation and sequestration options on farm, including economic analysis of potentially cotton-relevant CFI methodologies .
  • Carbon calculator for native vegetation promoted to cotton growers via a targeted extension campaign.

Outcomes

Anticipated outcomes and benefits of the project are:

  • A reduction in nitrous oxide emissions from cotton and grain production systems.
  • Carbon sequestration increased, particularly in non-cropped areas of the farm landscape.
  • Better crop selection and crop management decisions (including use of seasonal forecasting), leading to improved input efficiency and reduced emissions.
  • Better understanding the CFI and what it means for individual systems, allowing cotton and grain growers to make informed decisions about participating in the CFI.

Implications

Raise the profile of the CFI in the cotton and grains industry by detailing the broader economic and environmental benefits of increasing input efficiency, seasonal forecasting tools, and natural resource management options. The project also has implications for more efficient use of farm inputs and water resources by land managers.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Carbon farming opportunities for indigenous land owners—Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Funding of $1,049,820 ex GST

This project is to develop information for indigenous landowners and pastoralists to increase their awareness of opportunities and benefits from greenhouse gas emissions reduction and participation in CFI.

Target regions: WA (Native title groups in Kimberley region)
Target audience: Indigenous landowners and pastoralists

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Carbon farming opportunities for Indigenous landowners
Kimberley Aboriginal Land Council
Nil

Communications/media contact

Lauren Pike
lauren.pike@klc.org.au
(08) 9194 0106

Project narrative

A large proportion of land in the Kimberley region is managed by Indigenous peoples. This project aims to disseminate information on the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) to Indigenous landowners so they can benefit from real opportunities on the ground while generating regional conservation outcomes on a landscape level.

Objectives

Inappropriate levels of complexity and technology-focused communication strategies act as barriers to Indigenous landowners in the Kimberley participating in the CFI. Aptly developed information products that are easy to understand and accessible to traditional owners living in remote parts of Australia are key strategies for better Indigenous engagement in carbon farming opportunities.

Locations

This project will engage with 12 Native Title Groups, their respective Indigenous Ranger Groups and numerous pastoralists within the claim boundaries across the Kimberley region.
On a landscape scale level, the project area stretches from Wyndham in the East-Kimberley across to the Dampier Peninsula in the west, and from Kalumburu in the north down towards the Fitzroy Valley extending into the Great Sandy Desert.

Key activities

This project will focus on face-to-face meetings bolstered by appropriate communication products to allow for better engagement with Indigenous landowners on the CFI through appropriate communication.
Native Title Groups will receive information on the CFI and its background concepts in meetings and through follow up communication activities.

Outcomes

Equipped with relevant knowledge, Indigenous landowners can make informed decisions on the CFI and its alignment with traditional owner priorities for looking after country.

Implications

Kimberley Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of significant tracts of land and sea throughout the region. This project covers an area of more than 310,000 sq km and as a result will enable a large proportion of the Indigenous Kimberley population to consider CFI opportunities. Future CFI projects can make a significant difference to current land-management practices on a landscape scale level when they are in alignment with Traditional Owner priorities and aspirations for looking after their traditional lands.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Carbon mitigation in the Australian horticulture industry—Growcom

Funding of $396,375 ex GST

This project is to provide horticultural growers in Queensland with tailored information and tools to pursue carbon farming, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon in their farming enterprises.

Target regions: Qld (key horticultural regions)
Target audience: Horticulture (fruits and vegetables)

Plain English summary

Project title:

Carbon mitigation in the Australian horticulture industry

Lead organisation:

Growcom

Partner organisations:

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Communications/media contact

David Putland
dputland@growcom.com.au
(07) 3620 3823

Project narrative

This project will provide information and tools to Australia’s fruit and vegetable growers that will enable them to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

This project will support the Australian horticulture industry to reduce emissions and sequester carbon in the landscape. While horticulture is one of the largest industries in the agriculture sector, there are few carbon farming methodologies applicable to horticulture farming systems.
As a result, the adoption of mitigation and sequestration practices has been relatively limited. This project will address this issue by providing a platform for rapid information exchange that will increase the rate of adoption of successful novel technologies and practices.

Locations

On-farm activities will take place in the Lockyer Valley, Granite Belt, Bundaberg region, Bowen-Gumlu and Wet Tropics.

Key activities

The project will develop a ‘Carbon Mitigation Wiki’ that will provide a dynamic online information exchange platform for growers, and also employ traditional workshops to deliver practical information on carbon mitigation activities.

Outcomes

The project will enable more growers to participate in carbon farming and other GHG reduction activities through the demonstration of successful technologies and practices.

Implications

By enabling growers to participate in carbon farming projects, this project will contribute to national emissions reductions.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

CFI Knowledge Platform—Climate Friendly Pty Ltd

Funding of $484,950 ex GST

This project is to develop a CFI web portal that will provide and facilitate exchange of information, documents, contacts, statistics and experiences, and serves as a meeting point for CFI participants.

Target regions: National
Target audience: All industries

Plain English summary

Project title:

CFI knowledge online platform

Lead organisation:

Climate Friendly Pty Ltd

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

Freddy Sharpe
Freddy.sharpe@climatefriendly.com
(02) 9356 3600

Project narrative

The platform (myCFI) provides a central online portal for all Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)-related industries and stakeholders, where knowledge can be sourced, enhanced and spread.

Objectives

myCFI is a web-based portal that will provide and facilitate exchange of information, documents, contacts, statistics and experiences, and serves as meeting point for CFI players. It complements existing Australian Government webpages and aims to draw on the best of the features available from the UNEP Risoe project database , the CDM Bazaar, the CDM rulebook, and the Finanzas & Carbono portal. It consists of a general section and several practice communities.

Locations

myCFI is an online resource located at www.mycfi.com.au.

Key activities

  • Construction of myCFI.
  • Launch event.
  • Public outreach to promote the site.
  • Coordinate and conduct training sessions.
  • Coordinate and conduct informational sessions.

Outcomes

myCFI will generate and facilitate exchange of information, documents, contacts, skills, statistics and experiences online. It will serve as a meeting point for diverse CFI market players from all of Australia. It features several functions that are not yet present elsewhere.

Implications

The myCFI will provide a streamlined online portal for the exchange of information and experiences, which will offer a single entrance point and enhanced market overview for CFI players.
It thereby directly contributes to the Extension and Outreach program’s goals to increase available communication resources and channels and to create tools and information systems to improve knowledge of land sector greenhouse gas emissions.
By offering non-technical comprehensive information and communication platforms around the CFI, myCFI supports decision-making and project development of interested farmers and increases the CFI’s transparency to the wider public. It also enhances the CFI’s productivity and environmental sustainability.
myCFI will maximise the outreach of the CFI to relevant players, including farmers and land managers, auditing organisations, as well as the academic world and wider community. Moreover, through its interactive structure, it will promote an informal, ongoing dialogue between all involved parties thus maximising the general capacity of all players and the integrity of the CFI.

Publications/ communication material

www.mycfi.com.au (site currently under construction)

CFI Legal Contract Guide—Norton Rose Australia

Funding of $222,400 ex GST

This project is to develop a CFI Legal Contract Guide for landholders or service providers who may not be familiar with carbon markets and the mechanics of the CFI.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Landowners, project developers, CFI project advisors, rural/regional law firms/lawyers

Climate change and carbon economy extension and outreach in SA arid lands—South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board

Funding of $582,101 ex GST

This project is to develop and deliver an extension service within the SA rangelands that provides trusted, industry specific support to land managers regarding climate change and opportunities within the carbon economy.

Target regions: SA Rangelands
Target audience: Broad scale pastoral industry, private conservation lands, Aboriginal owned and/or managed lands.

Plain English summary

Project title:

Climate change and carbon economy extension and outreach in the South Australian arid lands

Lead organisation:

South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board

Partner organisations:

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (South Australia)

Communications/media contact

For information about this project please contact the Department of Agriculture, Extension and Outreach Section.
EandO@agriculture.gov.au

Project narrative

This project develops and delivers an extension service within the South Australian rangelands that provides trusted, industry specific support to land managers regarding climate change and the opportunities within the carbon economy.

Objectives

  • Increased understanding of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and participation in emissions reduction projects by land managers.
  • Increase capacity of the regional extension network in pastoral regions of South Australia.
  • Remove barriers to landholder participation in the CFI.

Locations

The project operates throughout the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management region.

Key activities

  • Capacity development of the existing regional extension network through knowledge transfer and skill development.
  • Engagement of land managers and stakeholders through workshops, one-on-one meetings and other networking events.
  • Carbon project development assistance for landholders, including support for initial feasibility assessments.
  • Development and distribution of extension materials tailored to the South Australian rangelands to inform and support landholders.

Outcomes

The project will build capacity of the support services working with landholders. Landholders will have access to up-to-date CFI information, guiding materials and support services. With increased knowledge and support, landholders will be able to make informed decisions on how to participate in the CFI while implementing improved land management practices.

Implications

The project seeks to create opportunities in the land sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across a large area of South Australia.

Publications/ communication material

www.saalnrm.sa.gov.au

Decision support tools to support participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative—Australian Farm Institute Limited

Funding of $156,250 ex GST

This project is to deliver a series of short online videos and supporting resources to inform and educate farmers, land managers and their influencers about greenhouse gas emissions, carbon policy, on-farm abatement opportunities and participation in the CFI.

Target regions: NSW, Vic, Tas, SA and WA
Target audience: Sheep, beef and grain

Plain English summary

Project title:

Decision support tools to support participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative

Lead organisation:

Australian Farm Institute

Partner organisations:

Nil

Communications/media contact

For information about this project please contact the Department of Agriculture, Extension and Outreach Section.
EandO@agriculture.gov.au

Project narrative

This project will deliver a series of short online videos and supporting resources to inform and educate farmers, land managers and their influencers about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, emissions management policy, on-farm abatement opportunities and participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

Develop and make available: online videos, DVDs, training presentations, four farm case studies (covering sheep, beef and grains enterprises) and a question/answer web portal.

Locations

Information and tools will be available nationally.

Key activities

  • Identify, test and review online decision support tools that are available to farmers and extension advisors.
  • Produce informative videos on the CFI, including: background information from farmers, scientific experts, policy makers and industry experts.
  • Develop a training presentation to assist farmers and extension officers to increase the level of industry knowledge on the CFI.
  • Collect industry (farm related) data to create case studies to support key messages from the video and extension materials.
  • Establish a web portal for discussing questions and answers on the CFI overtime.

The decision support tools will be publically launched in June 2014. Email advice will be distributed to the Australian Farm Institute’s member and contact list. DVDs and training presentations will also be mailed directly to extension advisors on that list.

Outcomes

Farmers and extension advisors will have available to them information support tools that can enable better on-farm decision making in relation to emissions management and the CFI.

Implications

The video, training presentation, case study analysis and question/answer web portal will all provide a greater understanding of the CFI and agricultural GHG emissions management to the rural sector and the wider community.

Publications/ communication material

http://calculator.farminstitute.org.au/login
www.farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases.html

Engaging farmers in south eastern Australia into carbon farming through trusted, independent advisers—Independent Agricultural Consultants Consortium auspiced by Regional Connections Pty Ltd

Funding of $1,986,500 ex GST

This project is to engage and educate 30 trusted key advisors across South Australia to deliver carbon farming messages one-on-one to farmers and grower groups.

Target regions: Vic, Tas and SA
Target audience: Broadacre farming (grains and livestock)

Plain English summary

Project title:

Engaging farmers and advisers in carbon farming

Lead organisation:

Regional Connections Pty Ltd

Partner organisations:

The Independent Agricultural Consultants group

Communications/media contact

Mark Stanley
mark@regionalconnections.com.au
0427 831 151

Project narrative

The project will build the capacity of 30 trusted advisers across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania so that they can deliver effective carbon farming extension services individually to at least 600 broad acre farmers and engage with 24 grower groups to support participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

This project aims to deliver quality carbon farming extension services by developing a highly skilled farm advisory sector that will have the knowledge and ability to effectively plan and implement a coordinated CFI and land sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management extension program.
Advisers will develop the extension and communications frameworks to effectively deliver outcomes to their farmer clients and to a broader audience of grower groups, farmers and industry to effectively deliver carbon farming information and support participation in the CFI.

Locations

The broad acre farming district of South Australia, central and western Victoria and Tasmania.

Key activities

Up skilling of 30 farm advisers across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania in the CFI. Extending CFI knowledge and skills to 600 farmers through one-on-one contact, 24 grower groups through workshops, seminars and other events, and the broader public through electronic and print media.

Outcomes

This project will result is a group of 30 highly skilled and knowledgeable advisers in the application of the CFI and land sector GHG emissions management who will be the go-to experts in their districts for related information and advice. There will also be at least 600 farmers who will have the knowledge and confidence to engage in the CFI and apply practices that will decrease their on-farm GHG emissions.

Implications

This project will increase the knowledge and skills of farmers and their key influencers to enable them to understand and undertake land sector emissions management and participate confidently in the CFI. It will also leave a legacy of skilled professional advisers who will have the capacity to nurture and perpetuate a culture of carbon farming.

Publications/ communication material

As this project unfolds there will be a number of communication materials developed concerning carbon farming in the project areas.

FARM300: Boosting Livestock Production Efficiency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock—Meat & Livestock Australia Limited

Funding of $949,400 ex GST

This project is to provide an integrated, coordinated and collaborative platform for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving effective on-farm practice improvements in the beef and sheep meat industries.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Livestock industries; primarily beef and sheep meat producers, including mixed farming operations (grain/livestock and dairy/beef)

Plain English summary

Project title:

FARM300: Boosting livestock production efficiency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock

Lead organisation:

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

Partner organisations:

Australian Farm Institute, Australian Wool Innovation, Dairy Australia

Communications/media contact

Catherine Golding
cgolding@mla.com.au
(02) 9463 9363

Belinda Roseby
broseby@mla.com.au
(02) 9463 9269

Project narrative

300 cattle and sheep producers will be coached to increase their knowledge and skill base to achieve effective on-farm practice improvements, resulting in increased productivity and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Objectives

By May 2015:

  • At least 65 per cent of medium to large cattle and sheep producers will be aware of, and have accessed, information and tools on land sector GHG emissions management and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).
  • At least 100 advisors will be trained in the latest information on land sector GHG emissions management and the CFI.
  • At least 300 medium to large cattle and sheep producers will have completed the full coaching and skills development program that will provide opportunities to achieve a 10 per cent productivity gain and a 30 per cent reduction in GHG emissions.
  • The Farm 300 program will be effectively and efficiently managed, coordinated and reported on.
  • The Farm 300 program will be effectively and efficiently evaluated.

Locations

The project operates on a national level, in the beef and sheep livestock regions of Australia.

Key activities

  • Developing a communications platform, including an online climate hub on the MLA website, updating of publications and conducting media activities.
  • Producing video case studies, video clips and online tutorials.
  • Delivering workshops for industry advisors on general methods to boost productivity and reduce GHG emissions.
  • Delivering workshops for chosen coaches on how to coach producers.
  • Coaching 300 producers on general opportunities to reduce GHGs and boost productivity and the use of MLA and partner tools and calculators.

Outcomes

The outcome of the project is that industry advisors will be better placed to advise industry, and 300 producers will be better placed to manage their farm business in terms of reducing GHG emissions and boosting productivity.
Industry benefits:

  • Improved access to, and coordination of information, and support services that assist producers to reduce GHG emissions and improve production efficiency.
  • Improved understanding and knowledge across producers and their advisors on effective strategies to mitigate GHG emissions without compromising productivity and profit.
  • Effective platforms that will support improved advisor/producer relationships that will support adoption of best practices.
  • Demonstration of industry commitment and professionalism to mitigating and reducing GHG emissions from livestock.

Producer benefits:

  • Improved production efficiency and profitability of medium to large cattle and sheep producers.
  • Increased knowledge, skills and confidence to manage and deal with greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

Public benefits:

  • A more competitive and robust industry contributing to the overall Australian economy.
  • A more sustainable industry that contributes to looking after the environment.
  • Improved service delivery and an increase in intellectual capital within rural and regional communities.

Implications

Approximately 15 per cent of Australian GHG emissions come from agriculture, and over 64 per cent of agricultural emissions come from livestock. With the current national beef herd at approximately 26.6 million cattle and calves, and 68 million sheep and lambs, there is a significant opportunity to address methane emissions from these enterprises.
This project will build on significant research and development investments, to enable producers to build knowledge and skills to adapt and improve management capability.
Critical to this approach is to foster and maintain a network of deliverers who are equipped to support producers to identify opportunities within their business that will enable:

  • Production efficiencies to be gained.
  • Adaptation of management practices.
  • A subsequent reduction in GHG emissions.
  • Better understanding of CFI processes and opportunities for implementing approved methodologies.

Publications/ communication material

All project material will be made available through a new climate hub on MLA’s website: www.mla.com.au/climate

Fertcare Carbon Farming Extension Project–Fertilizer Australia, Inc

Funding of $962,320 ex GST

This project is to develop and deliver an information package on land sector greenhouse gas emissions management, storage of soil carbon and aspects of the CFI associated with soil and fertiliser to Fertcare program participants.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Agricultural industries that use fertiliser e.g. grain, pasture, cotton, sugar, viticulture and horticulture

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Fertcare carbon farming extension project
Fertilizer Australia
Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries, National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program, Back Paddock Company, Bendigo TAFE and Tim Cummins & Associates

Communications/media contact

Jeff Kraak
jeff.kraak@fertilizer.org.au
0407 663 535

Project narrative

This project will assist current and future fertilizer sales and advisory staff, to integrate relevant information and considerations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management into the advice given to farmers through the Fertcare program.

Objectives

To improve the knowledge and skills fertilizer industry staff and advisors have about GHG emissions and soil carbon management relevant to soil and fertilizer recommendations.

Locations

The Fertcare project is a national project, it includes all agricultural industries and regions that use fertilizer.

Key activities

Gathering and distilling relevant scientific and carbon farming information on land based GHG emissions reductions and carbon sequestration to develop soil, plant nutrition and fertilizer advice for farmers.
Train and provide appropriate resources to Fertcare advisors to provide knowledge and guidance to farmers on land based GHG emissions and carbon storage in soils on-farm.

Outcomes

People providing soil management, plant nutrition and fertilizer advice to farmers, including fertilizer industry sales and advisory staff. Also issue guidance that not only drives productivity, profitability and increased nutrient use efficiency but also integrates relevant considerations on GHG emissions management and storage of carbon into their recommendations.

Implications

This project will assist in creating opportunities in the land sector to cut GHG emissions.
Furthermore, it will contribute to improved farmer understanding about the factors involved in storing carbon in the soil long term through one-on-one interactions between fertilizer industry staff and farmers. The project will also assist farmers to improve productivity, profitability and increase nutrient use efficiency.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.
Project information will become available at www.fertcare.com.au

Future farmers and the carbon farming futures—Sefton & Associates Pty Ltd

Funding of $900,000 ex GST

This project is to deliver activities targeting young farmers and their influencers in projects that demonstrate the agricultural opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the CFI.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Young farmers

Plain English summary

Project title:

Future Farmers and the Carbon Farming Futures

Lead organisation:

Sefton & Associates Pty Ltd

Partner organisations:

Future Farmers Network

Communications/media contact

Heidi Brunker
Heidi.Brunker@seftonpr.com.au
(02) 6766 5222

Project narrative

Develop, facilitate, monitor and evaluate a national series of activities with the next generation of farmers and their influencers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

Deliver a program of activities targeting young farmers and their influencers in projects that build high levels of:

  • Awareness and understanding of the principles of GHGs, reduction of land sector GHG emissions and mitigation and carbon sequestration in agricultural production.
  • Understanding of enhancing productivity, best practice management and environmental sustainability through a focus on carbon farming.
  • Confidence, acceptance and participation in CFI.

Drawing on information from projects funded under the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Futures program, the national series of activities will combine online and in-person initiatives, including events, field tours, virtual site tours, webinars, case studies and a media relations campaign.

Locations

As the target audience is Australia wide and across industry sectors (as represented by the Future Farmers Network membership), specific events will be occurring in various locations and online.

Key activities

  • Webinars: opportunity to learn online and interact with the presenters through Twitter.
  • Tour of research and demonstrations sites in northern Australia.
  • Tour of research and demonstrations sites in southern Australia.
  • ‘Virtual tour’ posted online for those unable to attend the tours mentioned above.
  • Youth in agriculture showcase/workshops with representatives from agricultural industry youth groups – to include webinar feed and live questions through Twitter.
  • Online access to practical information sources including case studies (appropriate links to other credible sources as well).
  • Media relations campaign will run in parallel.

Outcomes

Theproject aims to, within our key audiences of the Future Farmers Network members and their influencers, build high levels of:

  • Awareness and understanding of the principles of greenhouse gases, reduction of land sector GHG emissions and mitigation and carbon sequestration in agricultural production.
  • Understanding of enhancing productivity, best practice management and environmental sustainability through a focus on carbon farming.
  • confidence, acceptance and participation in CFI.

Implications

Young farmers are engaged and informed about current land sector emissions management activities and the CFI, such that these practices are considered as part of the day-to-day farm management.
The larger implication is that, with increased awareness and confidence in CFI, young farmers play an active role in assisting Australia in achieving its long term emissions reduction targets.

Publications/ communication material

Publications, presentations, virtual tour footage, webinars and all of the communication materials produced will be housed at www.futurefarmers.com.au once finalised.

Improved useability of greenhouse gas emissions abatement decision support tools—Australian Farm Institute Limited 

Funding of $300,000 ex GST

This project is to deliver an online marginal abatement cost curve tool that can be used by producers and extension providers to assess the financial costs of adopting a range of greenhouse gas abatement practices.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Sheep, beef and cropping

Plain English summary

Project title:

Improved functionality of greenhouse gas emissions abatement decision support tools

Lead organisation:

Australian Farm Institute

Partner organisations:

University of Southern Queensland, New South Wales Trade and Investment

Communications/media contact

For information about this project please contact the Department of Agriculture, Extension and Outreach Section.
EandO@agriculture.gov.au

Project narrative

This project will update the operational FarmGAS Calculator in accordance with the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory methodology. The updated FarmGAS will include an online Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) tool and Model Farm tool that can be used by farmers and extension providers to assess the financial costs of adopting a range of greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement practices.

Objectives

Develop and make available MACC tools, modifiable Model Farms (northern beef, sheep/beef/grain and grain farms) and User Guides in an online format.

Locations

The updated FarmGAS Calculator and User Guides will be available nationally.

Key activities

  • Identify, test and review an online decision support tool which is made available to farmers and extension advisors.
  • Collect data to create Model Farms, and obtain feedback on the performance and accuracy of the Model Farms from farmers and extension advisors prior to public launch. Model Farms will be developed in a way that allows modification by decision support tool users.
  • Complete and make available User Guides that assists decision support tool application and proficiency of users.
  • The online decision support tools will be publically launched in June 2014. Email advice will be distributed to the Australian Farm Institute’s member and contact list.

Outcomes

Farmers and extension advisors will have a decision support tool that reports both the GHG emission abatement and financial performance of projects in accordance with the CFI.

Implications

The operational FarmGAS Calculator currently managed by the Australian Farm Institute will offer advanced functionality including financial analysis for farm business projects.

Publications/ communication material

http://calculator.farminstitute.org.au/login
www.farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases.html

National PigGas Extension—Ian Kruger Consulting

Funding of $448,520 ex GST

This project is to conduct national extension to quantify individual piggery greenhouse gas emissions and identify mitigation solutions using the PigGas Calculator.

Target regions: National
Target audience: Pork

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

National PigGas Extension
Ian Kruger Consulting
Australian Pork Limited

Communications/media contact

Ian Kruger
iankrugerconsulting@gmail.com
0401 365 488

Project narrative

Using the PigGas Calculator, which models pork industry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this project builds capacity in extension providers for emissions management education and extension in the Australian pork industry. It educates pork producers in understanding baseline GHG emissions and possible ways to reduce the emissions of their own business operations, including the use of approved piggery Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) methodologies.

Objectives

  • Train expert users of PigGas Calculator to provide high quality information and support to producers about greenhouse gas emissions management, the CFI, National Carbon Accounts and the PigGas Calculator.
  • Delivery consultants skilled to provide high quality information and support about GHG emissions management and the CFI.
  • Educate pork producers on National Carbon Accounts, the CFI and the PigGas Calculator.
  • Facilitate 11 PigGas producer training workshops across Australia.
  • Deliver one-on-one piggery emissions modelling to accurately model at least 50 piggeries’ GHG emissions and mitigation options.
  • Communicate project updates/results to the pork industry and publish National PigGas Extension project results widely.

Locations

  • Expert user workshops in Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.
  • Producer workshops across regional centres in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
  • PigGas modelling on-farms in each state.

Key activities

  • Train expert users of PigGas Calculator and deliver CFI extension across Australia.
  • Educate pork producers on greenhouse gas emissions, use of PigGas Calculator, and the CFI in 11 workshops across Australia.
  • Conduct 50 one-on-one piggery emissions modelling activities across Australia using the PigGas Calculator.
  • Publish and extend project updates, including pork industry emissions data and mitigation options.

Outcomes

At least six expert users will be trained to educate pork producers and promote PigGas to the Australian pork industry and at least two of these will be selected to train producers with PigGas and provide on-on-one extension and consulting services across Australia on an on-going basis.
At least 66 pork producers will be trained in how to use the PigGas Calculator to estimate baseline farm emissions and a best bet scenario to reduce GHG emissions, including education opportunities for the Australian pork industry under the CFI.
At least 15 per cent of Australian pork production will have piggery GHG emissions calculated and best-bet mitigation solutions identified (approximately 80-90 per cent of total pork production in Australia is contained in the top 300 piggeries. As 50 piggeries will be modelled, at least one sixth or 15 per cent of pork production will be covered by this project). 

Implications

The project builds on the work of Australian Pork Limited and industry research and extension personnel, especially life cycle assessments, CFI methodology development (‘Destruction of methane generated from manure in piggeries’) and development of the PigGas Calculator.
Extension staff in the pork industry will be trained to deliver this information on an on-going basis following project delivery. Pork producers will have a detailed knowledge of land sector GHG emissions with potential to make on-farm changes during and after the project delivery.
The project will support producers’ decision making about managing GHG emissions. Producers who have PigGas set up for their own piggeries will have a tool they can use to regularly assess their own emissions profiles and mitigation options as production and waste systems change over time.
The project will enhance the outreach of GHG emissions management and the CFI to the Australian pork industry. For the first time, the industry will have a benchmark database of on-farm emissions and case studies.

Publications/ communication material

www.australianpork.com.au/

Overcoming barriers for WA growers to participate in the CFI—Western Australian No-tillage Farmers Association Inc

Funding of $800,000 ex GST

This project is to build farmers' knowledge and capacity to participate in the CFI across Western Australia through dedicated extension staff and by educating local agricultural advisors, emphasising the synergies between the outcomes of the CFI and farm productivity.

Target regions: WA wheatbelt
Target audience: Broadacre farming (cropping and grazing)

Plain English summary

Project title:
Lead organisation:
Partner organisations:

Overcoming barriers for Western Australian growers to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative
Western Australian No Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA)
Nil

Communications/media contact

Dr. David Minkey
david.minkey@wantfa.com.au
0417 999 304

Project narrative

The project will encourage broad acre farmers in south west Western Australia to participate in emissions management and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). It will focus the potential synergies that exist between profitable crop production, soil carbon sequestration and reductions in soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Objectives

  • Build capacity of WANTFA to deliver information to growers on how they can participate in emissions management and the CFI.
  • Build the capacity of Western Australian consultants, agronomists and researchers to deliver information to growers on how they can participate in emissions management and the CFI.
  • Extend emissions management and CFI information to Western Australian farmers.
  • Create an ongoing legacy for farmers to access information though the improved knowledge of key influencers and increased resources.

Locations

The broad acre crop growing areas of south west Western Australia

Key activities

Key activities include conducting workshops, field days, webinars and one-to-one farm visits in order to extend information to farmers and their key influencers. This will be supported by the publication of articles, use of the media (including social media) and web pages.

Outcomes

It is anticipated that by 2017 Western Australian wheat-belt growers will have an understanding of how farming practices can affect carbon sequestration and GHG emissions and the opportunities that exist to participate in the CFI.

Implications

The result of the project will be that growers will be in a better situation to make informed decisions about how to meet their productivity objectives while reducing land sector emissions and sequestering carbon into agricultural soils. Farmers would then be able to identify opportunities to participate in the CFI.

Publications/ communication material

Information will be made available through web page publications, field day booklet articles, workshop materials, webinars and social media.

Project 20:20 – more lambs less gas from more than 2000 sheep farms by 2020—Rural Industries Skills Training Centre Inc

Funding of $1,627,911 ex GST

This project is to assist farmers in the sheep industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by engaging over 100 private consultants and agribusiness staff to deliver CFI extension services.

Target regions: NSW, Qld, Vic, Tas, SA and WA
Target audience: Sheep

Plain English summary

Project title:

Project 20:20 – More lambs less gas from more than 2500 sheep farms by 2020.

Lead organisation:

Rural Industries Skills Training Centre

Partner organisations:

Murdoch University

Communications/media contact

Priscilla Cuming
pcuming@rist.com.au
(03) 5573 0956

Project narrative

This project will provide information, tools and support to 2500 sheep farmers across Australia, enable them to improve reproduction and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a variable environment. This will be achieved through small group and one-on-one interactions with an existing national network of 100 sheep industry extension officers.

Objectives

  • To develop information and tools for consultants and agribusiness staff that service the sheep industry and producers relating to management options to reduce methane emissions in a changing climate.
  • To train more than 100 extension officers already engaged in delivery of training programs to the sheep industry.
  • Extension officers deliver information to more than 2500 sheep producers, outlining options to manage GHG emissions in a changing climate and to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Locations

National

Key activities

  • Conduct bio-economic modelling and literature review to identify priority options to reduce emissions and their impacts on profitability
  • Develop train-the-trainer workshops and a corresponding trainer manual to enable extension officers to inform and assist sheep producers to understand the impacts of climate change on their farm business, and opportunities to improve reproduction and reduce emissions.
  • Develop manuals and support material for stand alone workshops and identify content that can be integrated into existing training programs as a managing GHG emissions module.
  • Develop decision support tools including audit tool to quantify predicted changes in methane emissions resulting from changes in reproductive performance.
  • Deliver and evaluate train-the-trainer workshops to at least 100 extension officers to build the capacity of this service provider industry.
  • Extension officers deliver information on options to manage GHG emissions and to participate in the CFI to more than 2500 sheep producers.
  • General communications to increase awareness of options to manage GHG emissions and the role of the government in assisting producers.

Outcomes

  • Key influencers at local and regional levels are more capable of delivering scientifically sound information to farmers and land managers on the impacts of a climate change on sheep enterprises, options to manage GHG emissions and opportunities to participate in the CFI.
  • Farmers and land managers better understand the impacts of climate change on their business, options to manage GHG emissions and opportunities to participate in the CFI.

Implications

Approximately 2500 farmers and land managers understand management options that have the potential to simultaneously improve profits and by more than 10 percent and reduce emissions intensity by 10 percent.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.

Reducing land sector emissions & effecting the CFI in Tasmania-a state wide approach of engagement—RM Consulting Group

Funding of $1,327,079 ex GST

This project is to use a collaborative state-wide approach to transfer information and resources to Tasmanian farmers and land managers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the CFI.

Target regions: Tas
Target audience: Grazing (meat and wool), dairy, cropping, horticulture, wine and forestry

Plain English summary

Project title:

Reducing land sector emissions and effecting the Carbon Farming Initiative in Tasmania

Lead organisation:

RM Consulting Group

Partner organisations:

Natural Resource Management North, Natural Resource Management South, Serve-Ag

Communications/media contact

Doris Blaesing
dorisb@rmcg.com.au
(03) 6437 2264
0438 546 487

Project narrative

A collaborative state-wide project to inform all Tasmanian landholders – through three trained regional extension officers and via multiple industry networks, resources and events – about how to effectively reduce land sector emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Objectives

  • To enable Tasmanian farmers and land managers across the key agricultural sectors and farming systems on private land to undertake actions that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or participate in the CFI.
  • To link in with other relevant Carbon Farming Futures projects, fill gaps and add value.

Locations

Tasmania, state-wide: CFI extension officers will be located in each of the three Tasmanian regions: North, South and North West.

Key activities

  • Existing and new information will be reviewed and relevant information will be tailored for Tasmanian regions.
  • The project will coordinate with other projects and address information gaps for Tasmanian land managers.
  • ‘Key influencers’ will be up-skilled through training workshops.
  • Extension officers will be the on-ground touch-points for farmers and land managers.

Outcomes

Long term:

  • Tasmanian farmers and land managers access accurate information that allows them to reduce GHG emissions and make informed decisions about participation in the CFI (part of the suite of regular information).
  • There is a broad network of advisors who have access to accurate information that allows them to provide support and advice to farmers and land managers.

Intermediate outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge and understanding (advisors and farmers) of scale and sources of GHG emissions, and practical carbon sequestration opportunities.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding (advisors and farmers) of the CFI and how it operates.
  • GHG emission reduction and CFI are part of farm action planning and activities leading to reduced emissions and carbon sequestration.

Implications

A state-wide coordinated approach will ensure that activities are coordinated, gaps are addressed and information continues after the end of the project.

Publications/ communication material

www.rmcg.com.au (project page to be developed)

Restoring the balance: carbon farming solutions—Burnett Mary Regional Group

Funding of $1,722,794 ex GST

This project is to provide relevant and robust CFI, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas mitigation information and tools to land managers in the Burnett Mary region, Queensland.

Target regions: Qld (Burnett Mary region)
Target audience: Sugar cane, horticulture, grazing, broadacre cropping and dairy

Plain English summary

Project title:

Carbon farming solutions; restoring the balance

Lead organisation:

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd

Partner organisations:

Burnett Catchment Care Association, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Limited, Dairy Australia

Communications/media contact

Michelle Haase
(07) 4181 2999
0448 862 941

Project narrative

The restoring the balance project is a comprehensive and partnership-based initiative aimed at providing relevant and robust Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) management information and tools to land managers in the Burnett Mary region.

Objectives

  • Build capacity and increase CFI and GHG emissions management knowledge of consortium members and regional extension staff.
  • Update the Property Management Plan (PMP) template with carbon sequestration and GHG emission reduction methods for delivery to graziers.
  • Extend GHG management and carbon sequestration development and learning to primary producers in grazing in the Burnett Mary region.
  • Extend emissions management and carbon sequestration development and learning to horticulture primary producers in the Burnett Mary region.

Locations

Activities will be undertaken in the Burnett Mary region, Queensland. The two regional bus tours may include site visits to adjoining catchments, such as Condamine, Fitzroy Basin, and South East Queensland. The carbon farming coordinator and extension officers are located in Bundaberg.

Key activities

  • Develop a comprehensive communication strategy to incorporate delivery of workshops, forums information sharing to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of CFI and GHG emissions management/carbon sequestration technologies.
  • Facilitate a regional network of extension officers delivering CFI and GHG management information to assist extension officers increase their understanding of the CFI.
  • Incorporate a GHG emissions management and carbon sequestration module into the current PMP for graziers.
  • Engage 70 graziers in the PMP process that includes the review of modules on GHG management and carbon sequestration.
  • Engage 70 horticulture growers through one-on-one property visits and extension.

Outcomes

  • Informed and engaged rural and regional communities on carbon farming, opportunities to reduce GHG emissions, sequester carbon and participate in the CFI, where possible.
  • A vital and informed network of technical and extension officers working across the region collaboratively.

Implications

Grazing and horticulture growers in the Burnett Mary region will have tools, information and assistance in reducing GHG emissions and carbon sequestration technologies. Extension staff in the region will be highly knowledgeable in the CFI, carbon farming, and other aspects of the Carbon Farming Futures program.
Landholders in the Burnett Mary region may have opportunity to participate in the CFI, reduce their input costs and enhance productivity while reducing GHG emissions and their carbon footprint.

Publications/ communication material

Not available at this time.