Farming carbon on Eyre Peninsula

April 8th, 20126:19 pm @

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“We hope to optimise farm production into the future by identifying the farm’s most profitable areas,” she said.

“We are looking for farmers that want to be leaders in their communities and we hope the whole family involved in the farm will be a part of the project.

“The knowledge gained will be shared with other farmers on the EP and will be at the forefront of setting up farms for the future.”

Applications close April 10 and involvement is free.

Regional Connections’ Mark Stanley said there are lots of high level plans about carbon offsets that have not reached the grass root level.

“The Future Farm Landscapes project aims to engage farmers and bring knowledge into action at a farming level,” he said.

He said it is important to keep the region’s best and most productive soils for growing food and fibre.

“We can see the benefits the revolution of minimal till farming and an increasing sense of responsibility for caring of the land,” he said.

“We are on the cusp of big change with how the land is structured and used.

“The case studies on the EP aim to promote the concept of carbon trading across the region and beyond.

“Through projects such as this, we are looking to change attitudes and we just need to show a few people it is feasible to shift the paradigm.

He said already farming lands are seeing a increase in ground cover, decrease in monoculture practice and rise in biodiversity, which is “good ecologically and good economically”.

Article source: http://sj.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness-and-general/general/farming-carbon-on-eyre-peninsula/2511904.aspx