New voucher program to help farmers seize carbon opportunities
Friday, 25 February 2022
Carbon For Farmers voucher program to help farmers access professional advice to invest in soil carbon projects and the carbon farming market Part of the McGowan Government's $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program McGowan Government supporting WA landholders to build business profitability and resilience The McGowan Government has launched a new voucher program to help farmers develop soil carbon and revegetation projects and reap the benefits of carbon sequestration. The Carbon For Farmers Program has been introduced to help farmers develop the credible land management strategies necessary to participate in the McGowan Government's $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program or a carbon accreditation scheme.
Vouchers up to $10,000 are available to primary producers in the South-West Land Division to engage professional services, which requires participants to contribute one-tenth of the value. The vouchers can be used to engage the services of appropriate professionals to complete a land management strategy, a requirement of registering a carbon project with the Clean Energy Regulator. Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be ready to participate in impending Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program ACCU Plus funding rounds. To apply for a voucher and for more information about the Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program, visit https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/CFF-VP. Applications close at 5pm on Friday April 1, 2022. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan: "The Carbon for Farmers Program is a practical initiative to demystify how to get into carbon farming and evaluate the benefits it can provide on-farm. "Markets are requiring carbon accountability for our products, so our farmers need to be armed with the best information to pivot their businesses to respond to customer requirements. Carbon farming is also an increasingly lucrative opportunity for income diversification. "As with previous agricultural advances like minimum tillage and online trading, there is much to discover at the beginning about the opportunities before us and how change can generate long-lasting benefits. "We encourage farmers - big and small - to take advantage of this unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor and take advantage of the resources available to strengthen their resilience and profitability."