Carbon Link Roadshow to shed light on soil carbon projects
We all know that good grazing management increases soil organic carbon, leading to increased pasture and animal production, greater water holding capacity and increased drought resilience amongst a myriad of other environmental and production benefits.
We now have another reason to manage grazing for soil carbon. The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the associated Sequestering Carbon in Soil in Grazing Systems methodology allows graziers to earn carbon credits for carbon stored in their soil. Under this methodology, graziers can continue to run livestock within projects areas using principles which promote an increase in soil organic carbon.
Conservative estimates of the economic return of a soil carbon project in Central Queensland show that graziers could earn an additional 50% of net profit by implementing a soil carbon project in conjunction with their grazing enterprise. One of the main drivers of the economic returns of a soil carbon project is sequestration rate – increase the rate of carbon stored in the soil, and the returns improve significantly.
But carbon projects are complex beasts and should not be entered into without a thorough understanding of the processes involved. Australia’s leading soil carbon project experts, Carbon Link, are running a series of seminars throughout Queensland to shed light on soil carbon projects, what’s involved and how to gain the maximum benefits.
The Soil Carbon Trading Roadshow will delve into topics such as:
- Real results from current projects
- Carbon trading and the carbon market
- What is involved in a soil carbon project
- What a soil carbon project is worth to farmers
- Managing the risks
- How to increase carbon sequestration
- Question and answer time
Dr Terry McCosker – Carbon Link and RCS
Terry has been an innovator in grazing industries for almost 50 years. His work in agricultural research has led to many world first achievements, and he is well known for bringing numerous innovations to the grazing industry though his role in RCS. Terry is forging in-roads into the world of carbon trading, paving the way for graziers to realise significant financial gains through soil carbon projects whilst running productive and sustainable soil trading enterprises.
Dr David C. Johnson – New Mexico State University
As a research scientist for the New Mexico State University’s Institute of Sustainable Agricultural Research, Dr Johnson’s work includes examining how to best capture atmospheric CO2 and sequester it into the soil whilst also improving agricultural systems. His research into the Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management (BEAM) approach has shown that a shift to a fungal dominant soil can lead to a dramatic increase in the rate of soil carbon sequestration, in addition to significantly greater biomass production.
The Soil Carbon Trading Roadshow will be visiting the following locations:
Blackwater – 6th December 2016
Biloela – 7th December 2016
Miles – 8th December 2016
Goondiwindi – 9th December 2016
The roadshow commences at 12.00pm with a light lunch and concludes at 4.00.pm. Cost is $55 including GST per person and includes lunch and afternoon tea.
For more information, visit www.carbonlink.com.au or call Carbon Link on 07 4935 5149.