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Thanks for sending through the latest newsletter, following the course in Young I am now much more aware of the situation surrounding carbon and the role farmers may play. 

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March 2010

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What is Carbon Farming

Carbon Farming is simply farming in a way that reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions or captures and holds carbon in vegetation and soils. It is managing land, water, plants and animals to meet the Triple Challenge of Landscape Restoration, Climate Change and Food Security. It seeks to reduce emissions in its production processes, while increasing production and sequestering carbon in the landscape.

Carbon Farming can range from a single change in land management, such as introducing no-till cultivation or grazing management, to a whole-of-farm integrated plan which maximises carbon capture and emissions reduction. Carbon Farmers have many practices to choose from to develop their plan, including:

  • maximum groundcover (no bare earth)
  • grazing management
  • no-till cropping
  • pasture cropping
  • mulching
  • green manure
  • stubble retention
  • cover cropping
  • exhaust injection
  • controlled traffic
  • precision application (fertiliser)
  • natural fertilisers
  • soil inoculants (probiotics)
  • soil stimulants
  • compost
  • compost teas
  • Albrecht soil mineral balance
  • Natural Sequence Farming
  • water spreading
  • Keyline Planning
  • Subsoil ploughing
  • Permaculture
  • Biodynamics
  • Biochar
  • Activated clays
  • Agroforestry
  • Dung Beetles
  • Landsmanship
  • Rumen inoculants
  • Low methane animal genetics
  • Methane-reducing feed supplements
  • Manure management

This list is constantly growing. Techniques for combining practices are tought in our webinar sessions and presented in the Carbon Farming Handbook.

The benefits of Carbon Farming include Carbon Sequestration, reduced erosion and soil loss, improved soil structure, increased soil fertility, reduced soil salinity, healthier soils, vegetation and animals, increased biodiversity, buffering against drought and greater water efficiency.