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Carbon farming and digital solutions among DPIRD display at Newdegate

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Friday, 1. September 2023 - 11:00

Carbon farming information, regional digital solutions and farm mapping will feature at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) display for the Newdegate Machinery Field Days.

DPIRD Low Carbon Futures manager Peter Rampellini said the team would provide easy to understand information on carbon farming, the Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program and Round 2 of the Carbon for Farmers Voucher Program, which is now open.

“Successful applicants for the voucher program can access grants of up to $15,000 with a co-contribution of up to $3,000 to seek professional expertise and advice to help them integrate carbon farming into their business,” Mr Rampellini said.

“Vouchers are also available to groups of farmers who want to work together to set up a single carbon farming project.

“Over the course of the two days, farmers and visitors will have the opportunity to engage directly with our team who will be on hand to explain the potential opportunities of carbon farming.”

The Climate Resilience Program team will be on hand to provide information on research undertaken by DPIRD on climate adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

For livestock producers, the latest information on the move towards sheep and goat electronic identification (eID) will be available.

The ever-popular mapping display will be back, with DPIRD research scientist Mark Sander encouraging farmers to visit the site and check their properties on the map.

“We will be asking farmers to confirm their information and contact details so we are able to contact them effectively in an emergency,” he said.

“Every farm checked will go into the draw to win a laminated A0 farm aerial property map.”

Visitors can access a raft of skeleton weed information and DPIRD officers will be on hand to assist growers with enquiries about the program, including eradication and winter treatment recommendations.

Biosecurity officers will also be available to discuss developments in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance, along with the program’s plans moving forward.

The Regional Digital Solutions team, which is delivering new and improved access to essential fixed and mobile telecommunications services across the State, will have on display a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite kit, a mobile Cel-Fi repeater and banners showing progress on mobile base station works.

The team from Fisheries Community Education will be available to answer questions about recreational fishing rules and how to care for your catch. 

The Newdegate Machinery Field Days run on Wednesday and Thursday, 6 and 7 September 2023. DPIRD’s display is located in the exhibition shed at site 17, First Avenue on the field days site.

Three people standing in front of banners.
DPIRD’s Low Carbon Futures team Julia Murphy (left), Peter Rampellini and Craig Savill will be at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days, alongside a range of other department officers to provide information and advice.

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