Speakers program

This 2 day program with MORE THAN 35 SPEAKERS is just one part of the 2019 National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo 4 day event hosted by Carbon Farmers of Australia.

There are 4 sessions per day, with each presentation having a duration of 15 minutes, and a full panel Q & A after each session. Speakers will typically be available after their presentation for questions etc. With approval, CFA can also put Delegates in touch with Speakers after the event. Start planning your days now and Download the Conference Speaker program.

Note: Speakers and session times are correct at time of publishing, but are subject to change without notice.


Setting the domestic and international Scene
and Advances in the Soil C space

Expo (more than 30 exhibitors!) and registration opens at 7.30am.
Network with Speakers, Exhibitors, Sponsors and other Delegates.
Great coffee cart, comfortable Delegates’ lounge.

9.00am sharp-9.10am:

Louisa Kiely profile picKhory-HancockDru-Marsh




Khory Hancock, The Environmental Cowboy: Welcome to Country

Introductions to Session Moderators: Dru Marsh PhD; Khory Hancock, The Environmental Cowboy; Louisa Kiely, Director & CEO, Carbon Farmers of Australia

Louisa Kiely: How the Sessions will run

9.10am-9.15am: A young person’s perspective

Sienna-LauberThe youth are relying on the actions we will take to protect the Soils and the Planet. Sienna will give us a perspective from the younger generation.

Presented by Sienna Lauber

Session one

Domestic and international Climate Policy Settings & Mechanisms and the road ahead

MODERATOR: KHORY HANCOCK, The Environmental Cowboy

9.15am-9.30am: International and Domestic Climate Change Policy Mechanisms and Trading Options

Brad-KerinUpdate on the Domestic Emissions Reduction Fund – the mechanism which allows Farmers to earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

  • Post-election, what has the Government promised?
  • What is the role of the Paris Agreement?
  • What are the mechanisms?
  • What opportunities does this open for Australian Farmers?
  • What is the role of CMI?

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Presented by Brad Kerin, General Manager, Carbon Market Institute (CMI

9.30am-9.45am: Combining technologies, people, business models and funding to deliver a low carbon future

Jennifer Lauber Patterson

  • The ag tech opportunities
  • Building soil carbon for better outcomes
  • Funding carbon projects

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Presented by Jennifer Lauber Patterson Managing Director, Frontier Impact Group

9.45am-10.00am: Working together to solve complex environmental challenges

Lorraine-GordonThe Regenerative Ag. Alliance believes collaboration is the key to the Regenerative Agriculture movement. The Alliance is bringing together the leading practitioners and researchers to address the issues facing Agriculture and the World today. Lorraine will update us on the importance of the Alliance.

Presented by Lorraine Gordon Founder Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Farming Together Project Director at Southern Cross University

10.00am-10.15am: Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) CN30

Pip-BandMLA has a Target of being Carbon Neutral by 2030. We have invited them to present on how this will be achieved. Pip will cover pathways MLA have identified and what this means for landholders.

Will landholders supply Credits to the MLA?

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Presented by Pip Band Manager Sustainability, Meat & Livestock Australia

10.15am-10.30am: Carbon markets – a rapidly growing and dynamic space


The world’s carbon markets are a rapidly growing and dynamic space. Justin will outline the basics of the demand side of the Australian carbon market that farmers may want to engage in. We will look at the various market drivers, pricing, the current scale of demand and the emerging demands.

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Presented by Justin Glass Environmental Strategist, Market Advisory Group

10.30am-10.45am: Session one Q & A

10.45-am-11.15am: Morning Tea in the Exhibition Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!)


SOIL CARBON: The world’s Largest Carbon Sink over which we have control – harnessing its potential

Evolution in methods/measurement/trading Revealed

MODERATOR: Louisa Kiely, Director Carbon Farmers of Australia

11.15am-11.30: Soil Carbon Method Requirements go Digital!

Oli-MadgettIn an evolution of how Methods will develop, Platfarm is an example of using digital technology to enable Method Requirements to be met. Oli will demonstrate how the platform allows a Soil Carbon Project Developer to Map the property according to the requirements and direct soil testers to exact testing sites. Drillers are then able to do the method compliant soil testing.

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Presented by Oli Madgett, Co Founder, Platfarm

11.30am-11.45am: CSIRO Carbon Farming Discovery Tool

Cara-StitzleinThe ‘Look-see’, LOOC-C stands for Landscape Opportunity and Options for Carbon abatement – Calculator. It is a software tool that can quickly assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement options for a specific land area, including estimates of abatement quantities in Australian Carbon Credit Units, or ACCUs. By supporting an assessment of specific paddocks or farm areas, LOOC C helps landowners discover and evaluate their options for participating in the Emission Reduction Fund. Other relevant streams of research – including carbon market design and whole farm GHG-accounting will be highlighted.

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Presented by Cara Stitzlein

11.45am-12.00pm: Unlocking your soil’s carbon potential through Soil Regeneration


Growing a Carbon Rich topsoil as you farm by working with the natural soil process is the way into a secure farming future. Increased yield, quality produce and carbon increase are achievable simultaneously. Niels will explain how and talk about the journey to a Carbon Credit.

How can you be involved in this group to  lead the evolution of the method towards ‘mainstreaming’  this Soil Carbon Enterprise?

Presented by Niels Olsen CEO, Soilkee

12.00pm-12.15pm: Mainstreaming the Soil Carbon Trade


In mid-March Australia’s first soil carbon credits were issued under the federal government’s AU$2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) for AgriProve’s flagship project in eastern Victoria. They were also the first soil carbon credits globally to be eligible under a national target in accordance with The Paris Agreement. Matthew will outline how this remarkable outcome was achieved. Does it herald a new era for Australian Carbon Farming?

Presented by Matthew Warnken CEO, Agriprove

12.15pm-12.30pm: Session two Q & A

12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch in the Exhibition Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!)

Register for Door Prizes, ask questions of our Exhibitors and relax in the comfortable Delegates’ Lounge.


SOIL CARBON: The world’s Largest Carbon Sink over which we have control – harnessing its potential (continued)

MODERATOR: Dru Marsh, Soil Carbon PhD

1.30pm-1.45pm: Value stacking carbon farming – recognising where and when co-benefits of biodiversity and soil carbon occur


Cathy is a Principal Research Scientist and Leader of Climate Research in NSW DPI. Cathy’s current research aims to increase carbon farming opportunities for primary industries by identifying where carbon farming can be integrated into current agricultural production.

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Presented by Dr Cathy Waters NSW DPI

1.45pm-2.00pm: The Role of Activated Biochar in Stock Nutrition and Soil Carbon

Stuart Larsson

Stuart Larsson from SOFT Agriculture has been a pioneer in organic farming since turning away from chemicals 25 years ago.  Not content with being the largest Organic Soy Bean Grower in Australia, Stuart has constantly been seeking new innovations –  and his foray into Activated Biochar Livestock Feeds and composts  has been one of these.

Stuart brings his first hand Research and Knowledge base to talk about what role Activated Biochar has in Stock Nutrition and Soil Carbon.

Presented by Stuart Larsson Managing Director, SOFT Agriculture Pty Ltd & Mara Seeds Pty Ltd

2.00pm-2.15pm: The 5 x 100 initiative

Stephen-WhitsedStephen Whitsed is an organic dairy farmer from the Corryong district in Victoria. Hear about his journey to Carbon Farming and his enthusiastic vision for the future. Stephen is about to launch the Upper Murray 5 x 100s Regeneration Challenge with the assistance of Matthew Warnken from AgriProve. This farmer led initiative aims to:

  • register 100 farmers with a soil carbon project under the Emissions Reduction Fund
  • implement the AgriProve Soilkee system on 100 hectares per farm
  • create 100 soil carbon credits per hectare
  • improve water holding capacity by 100 kilolitres per hectare
  • achieve these results within 100 months.

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Presented by Stephen Whitsed Farmer

2.15pm-2.30pm: What role does Seaweed play in Carbon Farming/Sequestration and Cattle methane reduction?

Khory-HancockFor the last 12 months, Khory has been working on an open ocean seaweed farming project as a ‘blue carbon’ methodology that could be used on the blockchain.
In this presentation, he will:

  • Showcase how seaweed farms work in the open ocean.
  • Show a balance between the current science, number crunching and how seaweed farming can benefit the carbon/agriculture industry.
  • Touch on the blockchain technology and the potential to trade carbon credits using seaweed sequestration.
  • MLA and CSIRO have been undertaking seaweed cattle/sheep feed trials to reduce methane emissions.
  • The seaweed farming model is already viable through Professor Brian Von Herzen’s work at the Climate Foundation (including actual carbon sequestration and economic figures)
  • Benefits to Great Barrier Reef and carbon drawdown.

Presented by Khory Hancock, The Environmental Cowboy

2.30pm-2.45pm: Evolving Soil Carbon Measurement Technology Part 2

Dr-TERRY-McCOSKERDr-Thakur-P-BhattaraiAre sensor technologies a viable measure of soil carbon?

Terry McCosker has been a lead ‘disrupter’  for many years in the Regenerative Ag and Carbon Farming space, for the good of Farmers. Working with Dr Thakur Bhattarai, they have been investigating sensor technologies for soil carbon measurement. They bring us their latest results.

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Presented by Dr Terry McCosker & Dr Thakur Bhattarai Carbon Link

2.45pm-3.00pm: session three Q & A

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!)


SOIL CARBON: The world’s Largest Carbon Sink over which we have control – harnessing its potential (continued)

MODERATOR: Louisa Kiely, Director Carbon Farmers of Australia

3.30pm-3.45pm: Adaptive grazing towards climate change mitigation and carbon offset markets – a Canadian perspective


  • Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing across Canada’s vast prairies – a climate change mitigation strategy?
  • Canada’s grasslands as carbon sinks – rethinking the roles of farmers and cattle
  • Soil carbon sequestration across space and time – overdue recognition
  • Agricultural carbon quantification protocols – the scientific basis
  • Carbon offset incentives – the grassland conservation, ecosystem services and biodiversity values context

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Presented by Timm Döbert

3.45pm-4.00pm: Biochar, dung beetles and soil health


Over the last 5 years Melissa has established her company where she has worked extensively with agricultural and environmental stakeholders establishing the Fleurieu Farming Systems Group of 400 plus members, developing and implementing and communicating on 7 projects relating to soil health, biochar use, dung beetles, soil moisture conservation and more. We will hear about this important work.

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Presented by Melissa Rebbeck Australia New Zealand Biochar Initiative Inc (ANZBI)

4.00pm-4.15pm: the latest news on SoilCQuest

guy-webbSoil CQuest has isolated strains of microbes, which are outstanding in their capacity to deliver soil fertility and carbon sequestration outcomes necessary for farmers to lead the way on carbon capture. Guy will bring us the latest scientific and on farm results. What is the Soil Carbon potential of this work?

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Presented by Guy Webb, Managing Director, SoilCQuest

4.15pm-4.30pm: Extreme Carbon Farming in Small Spaces


Jeremy will talk about the project that he launched in 2011  and discuss new directions and developing technologies. His wife Cathy will present the data from the project.

Presented by Jeremy BradleyCathy Eggert, Beechwood Biological Solutions


Brenton-ByerleeBrenton Byerlee will address the National Carbon Cocky Awards Gala Dinner attendees at the beginning of the evening. Here he will talk about how soil testing for Soil Chemical Balance leads to desired Physical structure which then enhances the Oxygen loving Biology of the soil.

Presented by Brenton Byerlee Managing Director, Soil Management Systems

4.45pm-5.00pm: session four Q & A

5.00pm-6.00pm: Wine and Cheese Tasting in the Exhibition Area

DAY TWO – Wednesday 7 August

carbon farming, carbon trading & the carbon markets

Expo (more than 30 exhibitors!) and registration opens at 7.30am.
Network with Speakers, Exhibitors, Sponsors and other Delegates.
Great coffee cart, comfortable Delegates’ lounge.

On this day, we talk TRADING. But not just the ERF. And not even just CO2e. There are many opportunities opening up for groups and others who have a system for Measure/Monitor/Verification (MMV). Different methods. AND let’s not forget – DEMAND. From where will the demand for your Carbon Credits arise?

9.00am Sharp-9.10am: Call to action

As a youth in the Carbon Farming Space, what message does Keenan hold to inspire us?

Presented by Keenan Whitsed 


Part 1 – Beef herd methane reduction

Part 2 – TREE CARBON, Tree Plantings, Plantations, Agroforestry and Beyond

MODERATOR: Louisa Kiely, Director Carbon Farmers of Australia

9.10am-9.30am: Reduction of methane in the beef herd

julien-gastaldiThe ‘Beef Herd Improvement” ERF method allows landholders to earn Carbon Credits from a reduction in methane in the Beef Herd. How accessible is this method and who is using it?

Presented by Julien Gastaldi Natural Carbon

9.30am-9.45am: Opportunities for tree planting projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund

Paul-RyanPaul will outline the Emissions Reduction Fund methods for establishing trees for commercial harvest or as non-harvest plantings.

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Presented by Paul Ryan Director, Forests, Department of the Environment and Energy

9.45am-10.00am: The value of Agroforestry on private farms

Rowan-ReidRowan will share his views about potential and possible models for rewarding farmers for the carbon they lock up in trees they grow on farms for other reasons (from timber, shelter and conservation).

Presented by Rowan Reid (B.For.Sci. & M.For.Sci.)

10.00am-10.15am: Working with Nepali Farmers under the Gold Standard to Create Carbon Credits for Agroforestry

Ramji-Prasad-BhattaraiHow the Moringa Tree can bring multiple benefits to Nepal and beyond. The Gold Standard leads to credits which can be sold in the Voluntary Markets. We’ll explain this Standard and its potential in Australia — What is Agroforestry and how can it be implemented under this standard? CFA will showcase its work in this method in Nepal, where we are planting the Moringa Tree for many purposes — Ramji  Bhattarai is leading the Nepali team and he will bring us the latest on these projects and explain how we have engaged with this Standard. What is the potential for this method in Australia?

Presented by Ramji Prasad Bhattarai Director, Carbon Farmers of Nepal

10.15am-10.30am: Great Southern Landscapes program

Rowan-ReidJames will take us through the Great Southern Landscapes project – working with thousands of landholders and partners to create Australia’s biggest carbon sink and establish one million hectares of habitat across southern Australia.

Presented by James McGregor National Programs Coordinator, Greening Australia

10.30am-10.45am: Private land conservation and offsets

Peter-EwinA high level overview of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) and the two main programs that they deliver (private land conservation and offsets). What if my vegetation/mature trees don’t suit a current ERF method. Can I still be paid to maintain them? What are Biodiversity Credits.
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Presented by Peter Ewin Regional Manager Murray-Riverina, NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

10.45am-11.00am: Session one Q & A

11.00am-11.30am: Morning Tea in the Exhibition Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!)



MODERATOR: KHORY HANCOCK, The Environmental Cowboy

11.30am-11.45am: Establishing market based facilities and associated instruments to support the development of Carbon Markets internationally

Alastair-HandleyAlastair’s vision is that emission reduction markets can build wealth, generate jobs, create export opportunities and protect the environment for future generations at once.

Presented by Alastair Handley Founder, President & Board Member, Carbon Credit Solutions (Alberta, Canada)


11.45am-12.00pm: ‘Insetting‘ — an alternative to Carbon Credits.

Speaker Dr Moragh Mackay (PhD)In a new market mechanism, Moragh Mackay from the Energy Innovation Co-operative explains how a leading Victorian Farmer may be the first in Australia to use ‘insetting’, a voluntary mechanism for paying farmers to sequester carbon within a supply chain or localised setting. We will explain how we got it going and what the expected benefits are for all involved.

Presented by Dr Moragh Mackay (PhD)  Chair, Energy Innovation Co-operative Limited

12.00pm-12.15pm: Crowd funding to support Regenerative Agriculture

Mike-McCoskerHelen-McCoskerCarbon8 is a program to assist farmers to rebuild their soil carbon, connecting the financial assistance from our sponsors with regenerative farmers. The goal is to sequester and maintain carbon in their soils with a target of 8% soil carbon.

Presented by Michael & Helen McCosker, Co-Founders, Carbon8

12.15pm-12.30pm: Why Impact Investors are interested in ecosystem services and how to engage them in carbon farming?

Bert-GloverImpact Investing is a growing global trend where investors are seeking to deploy capital to generate measurable and beneficial impacts as well as financial returns. Investors are seeking innovation, real assets (such as farms) and larger market driven opportunities to deploy capital to effect positive change. Carbon farming; including practitioners, technologies, service providers and markets, provide the perfect match for this form of investment. The opportunities include accelerating R&D, scaling projects and driving market acceptance.

Presented by Bert Glover Managing Director, Impact Ag Partners

12.30pm-12.45pm: Session two Q & A

12.45pm-1.30pm: Lunch in the Exhibition Area


Climate policy and vision for the future

MODERATOR: Dru Marsh, Soil Carbon PhD

1.30pm-1.45pm: Carbon tradNicholas-Cameroning

Nick Cameron, from Country Carbon has contracts under the ERF with Farmers, mainly in the Savanna Burning Space. Now, he is selling carbon offsets to the Australian public and to Germany. This means he has the ability to trade in a much wider market and with a number of different credits. What is he looking to buy, and when?

Presented by Nicholas Cameron Managing Director, Country Carbon

1.45pm-2.00pm: The Role of the Clean Energy Regulator in delivering Domestic Climate Policy

Recently, the CER released its first Statement of Opportunities for the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) market. Shayleen will bring us the latest on the key opportunities arising in the Land Sector, including future demand for ACCUs.

Presented by Jane Wardlaw, Clean Energy Regulator

2.00pm-2.15pm: Visioning the Carbon Farming Future

Dave Moore, GreenCollar

Green Collar have been leading Project Developers since the inception of Carbon Farming Trade.  With that experience,  how do they see the future of methods and engagement for Farmers.  Will Reef Credits prove a template?

Presented by Dave Moore General Manager, GreenCollar

2.15pm-2.30pm: Active landscape management – building farm resilience & aligning the carbon industry with Land Management

Skye-GlendayClimate Friendly is piloting an active landscape management carbon farming methodology that can be applied holistically at a property-scale across. This builds on existing carbon farming methods which focus on single activities (like regenerating trees, measuring soil carbon, avoiding deforestation or reducing livestock emissions) and wraps them up into a package better aligned with how land is managed across Australia. Active landscape management involves a balance between storing carbon and productive agriculture. In this session Skye will explain why this approach is needed, and how it could provide more freedom and flexibility for farmers to build drought resilience and sustainability manage land.

Presented by Skye Glenday Executive Manager – Strategy & Analytics, Climate Friendly

2.30pm-3.00pm: The Carbon Farming Protocol

Louisa Kiely profile picIgnatius VerbeekWhat if there was a user-friendly, overarching protocol which could fit YOUR Farming or your Groups Farming system and lead to a Tradable Credit. The ‘Carbon Farming Protocol’ – Louisa Kiely from Carbon Farmers of Australia and Ignatius Verbeek of Agri X will explain the ‘Carbon Farming Protocol’. Based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, it is designed to do just this. HOW?

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Presented by Louisa Kiely Carbon Farmers of Australia & Ignatius Verbeek Principal, Agri X

3.00pm-3.15pm: Session three Q & A

3.15pm-3.45pm: Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!)


SUN AND THE WIND: How Can Farmers take advantage of these Opportunities in developing their ‘whole of farm’ carbon farm plan?

MODERATORS: Louisa Kiely, Director Carbon Farmers of Australia,
Khory Hancock, The Environmental Cowboy

3.45pm-4.00pm: What of the wind?

Charlie-PrellThe transition from fossil fuel based generation of electricity to renewable generation is providing a unique opportunity for communities to once again share in the ownership of the infrastructure that generates their electricity, and to share in the wealth being created. Many European countries are embracing this challenge.

In Australia this is less common, particularly with generation from wind turbines. Small regional communities, in partnership with the farmers who host the turbines, can maximise the long term benefit of the current renewable energy boom by insisting that locals be offered an opportunity to invest in the wind turbines that are constructed in their region. This is a historic opportunity to re-energise regional Australia, both energetically and financially. We must not miss it!

Presented by Charlie Prell NSW Regional Organiser, Australian Wind Alliance

4.00pm-4.15pm: What of the sun?

Volt Farmer is developing a number of showcase ‘Climate Smart Farm Projects’ which aim to inspire sustainable and regenerative development of farmland, landfill sites and communities.
These showcase projects combine local renewable energy production with carbon farming as well as providing local economic and educational development opportunities.

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Presented by Stephen Todd Volt Farmer

4.15pm-4.30pm: What role will Blockchain play in the future?

Daryl-KillinRiley-KinnunenBlockchain has many people excited, and yet what exactly is it and how does it work? How might it evolve to facilitate Carbon Trading? Is anyone working to make this a reality in Australia?

Presented by Daryl Killin & Riley Kinnunen Directors of Ecosystem Exchange & Carbon Farming Collective

4.30pm-4.45pm Session four Q & A

4.45pm-5.00pm: Wrap up and Finish – Louisa Kiely/Khory Hancock

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