Carbon Farming Project
Carbon farming is the process of managing soil, vegetation, water and animals to increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this context they are mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (NH4).
Greenhouse gas is released through production activities such as farm machinery use, the production and use of fertiliser, transport, and methane emissions created through enteric fermentation from animals.
Carbon can be stored (sequestered) through activities such as plantings or increasing soil carbon, and GHG emissions can be avoided through activities such as 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.
It is essential to understand what viable options are suitable for remote and regional areas to take maximum advantage of carbon farming opportunities, but also to identify potential associated risks.
The goal of the Carbon Farming Project was to analyse, and capture in a series of fact sheets, current and emerging information on policy, legislation and science to help identify and develop carbon farming opportunities, and understand their associated risks. This information is being extended to land managers via an awareness program in partnership with regional NRM groups.
The Carbon Farming Project has been delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia with funding assistance from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Carbon farming fact sheets
The fact sheets below describe the potential for activities to reduce greenhouse gases and/or store CO2 and to highlight the potential risks and opportunities for land managers. The fact sheets are grouped below by subject matter.
- 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
- 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 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
Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC)
Carbon Farming Coordinator
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9938 0100
Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9670 3100
South West Catchments Council, Bridgetown
Roe Street, Bridgetown - PO Box 5066 Bunbury WA 6230
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9761 4184
Mobile: +61 (0)448 939 307
South Coast Natural Resource Management (SCNRM)
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9845 8537
Rangelands NRM Western Australia
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9485 8930