This National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo has innovation as a cornerstone.
Over the last 15 years, Michael and Louisa Kiely, Co-Founders of Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA) have been ‘thinking outside the square’ to bring new solutions to difficult problems. This year’s conference continues that tradition.
The program will be packed with the new and the Innovative
Be prepared to be surprised and inspired.
While all Speakers are yet to be finalised, we are talking to the best minds in each category. Names will be added as they are finalised. Presentations will be around 15 minutes with a panel Q & A after each session. We want the ‘concise’ version of each topic, and 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.
Here’s a taste of what we will be talking about.
Climate Policy Settings and Mechanisms
Australian Climate Policy
– While CFA believes that the Carbon/ Environmental Markets are now ahead of the Pollies, in that the Voluntary/Secondary markets are working well; we do look for some consistency in the Australian Federal Climate Change Policy. The beauty of the timing of this conference is that it is post the 2019 Federal Election. The Winner will want to let Farmers know the future of their climate change policy and we always attract a Minister or maybe 2.
International Climate Change Policy Mechanisms and Trading Options
This presentation will inform Delegates regarding International Climate Change Policies:
- What is the role of the Paris Agreement?
- What are the mechanisms?
- What opportunities does this open for Australian Farmers?
Presented by Brad Kerin, General Manager, Carbon Market Institute (CMI)
The role of the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) in delivering Climate policy
The CER has administrative oversight of the Emissions Reduction Fund. As such they oversee the Reverse Auction along with other functions.
Recently, the CER released its first Statement of Opportunities for the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) market, and announced the next Emissions Reduction Fund auction. Shayleen will bring us the latest on the key opportunities arising in the Land Sector, including future demand for ACCU’s.
Presented by Shayleen Thompson, Executive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator (CER)
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
MLA has a Target of being Carbon Neutral by 2030. We have invited them to present on how this will be achieved.
Followed by a session Q & A – What does it all REALLY MEAN?
Soil Carbon – The world’s Largest Carbon Sink
Evolution in methods/measurement/trading Revealed
In Australia, CFA assisted to pioneer the argument that Soil Carbon presented the best win/win/win of Climate Change mitigation and Carbon Trade and presented the then DOIC with the first Soil Carbon Method. Now ‘it’s time’ to see the evolution of this method and others.
Soil Carbon Method Requirements go Digital!
In an evolution of how Methods will develop, Platfarm is the first 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 soil testing.
Presented by Oli Madgett, Co Founder, Platfarm
The Agriprove company creates value from Soil Organic Carbon Management for Farmers.
This presentation will be about the ‘one stop shop’ for creating soil carbon credits under the ERF method. How does it tackle the thorny measurement issues? How does it simplify engagement with the method? Agriprove’s innovation in Soil Carbon measurement will also be on show at the Field Day, along with others.
Presented by Matthew Warnken, CEO, Agriprove
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
Presented by Timm Döbert
CSIRO Carbon Farming Discovery Tool
The ‘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.
Presented by Cara Stitzlein
Evolving Soil Carbon Measurement Technology
Ignatius and the team at Agri X have been evolving the measurement issues in the Soil Carbon Method to improve efficiency, and lower costs.
He will answer the questions:
- How do I know where I will sample my soils – Soil Sampling Design
- How deep will I sample and why? What soil rig can be used?
- Who will sample my soils if I have a Soil Carbon Method project?
- What lessons have been learnt in Project Implementation from the Soil C measurements?
Presented by Ignatius Verbeek, Principal, Agri X
Followed by a session Q & A – Your chance to ask them all the thorny questions!
OK, SO HOW DO I INCREASE SOIL CARBON?
After those 2 inspiring sessions, you will be ready to hear about HOW — What are the evolutions in practices/processes to store Soil Carbon? Many Grazing- based Regenerative Farmers are currently using techniques with Grazing Management as the cornerstone. CFA believes Time Controlled Grazing forms the bedrock of Soil C sequestration in a grazing situation — but for Trade, what if we could add extra layers to achieve high carbon soils sooner? AND what about cropping/horticulture etc.
We will meet Innovative Carbon Farmers — And learn how have they increased their soil Carbon and taken it to Market. Here is our first ‘alternative’ to the ERF showcased. Get ready to have your brain stretched!
the latest news on SoilCQuest
Soil 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.
Presented by Guy Webb, Managing Director, SoilCQuest
CFA showcased the ‘SoilKee’ machine in 2015. This has now evolved. How does this technology work to store Soil C? www.soilkee.com.au
What role does Seaweed play in Carbon Farming/Sequestration and Cattle methane reduction?
Khory Hancock has been working on an open ocean seaweed farming project as a blue carbon methodology that could be used on the blockchain for the last 12 months. In this presentation, he will:
- Showcase how the seaweed farms work in the open ocean
- Will show a balance between the current science, number crunching and how seaweed farming can benefit the carbon/agriculture industry
- Touches 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 (with include actual carbon sequestration and economic figures)
- Benefits to Great Barrier Reef and carbon drawdown
Presented by Khory Hancock, The Environmental Cowboy
Followed by a session Q & A
Tree Carbon Sequestration
Yes, there are some big dollars being earnt in part of broadacre Australia under the ERF methods, mainly by allowing Forest to Regrow. But what about the smaller Farmers? Are there other ways to be rewarded for Tree Carbon Sequestration?
We will explore:
- The ERF has a ‘Tree Planting’ method — Given that we have a warming drying climate, the need for shade/shelter on farms will only increase. Under what circumstances can this method be profitable?
- We will also explore Farm Forestry, Private Native Forestry, Plantation methods
Emissions Reductions on Farm:
- There are ERF methods to reward emissions reduction on Farm — When can they be profitable.
- Are there any other methods available to reward reduced emissions from Methane or Machinery?
Followed by a session Q & A
BACK TO THE FUTURE — OR RATHER, LET’S MAKE THE FUTURE!
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.
With the ERF future uncertain, and methods so slow now to come out, let’s see what else can be shaken out of this Trading Potential.
Sessions: Alternative Trading Mechanisms:
- Green Collar, arguably the Largest Carbon Farming Credit Trading Entity in Australia is leading the way again. They pioneered the first ‘tree carbon’ sequestration methods and now have their sights set on alternative credits. They have been invited to talk about their ‘Reef Credit’ and its implication for other innovative methods to come.
- We will showcase Groups which are showing the way in MMV — can they be linked to different methods? for reward in the Market?
- What about the Gold Standard for Sustainable Development Goals? This standard leads to credits which can be sold in the Voluntary Markets. We will explain this Standard and its potential in Australia — What is Agroforestry (Its Agriculture with Trees) 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?
We will look at ‘Insetting‘ — an alternative to Carbon Credits.
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
The Carbon Farming Protocol
What 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 will explain the ‘Carbon Farming Protocol’. Based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, it is designed to do just this. HOW?
Presented by Louisa Kiely Carbon Farmers of Australia
- What of the Wind? And the Sun? — We will be bringing speakers to talk about the opportunities On Farm for both Wind and Solar.
Followed by a session Q & A
WHAT ROLE will BLOCKCHAIN play?
Blockchain has many people excited, and yet what exactly is it and how does it work?
- So, what is Blockchain and how might it evolve to facilitate Carbon Trading?
- Is anyone working to make this a reality in Australia?
Followed by a session Q & A
Who are the buyers? What do they want?
So, we have heard all about Supply of Credits —using existing and up and coming methods. But who will buy and what is the future demand? CFA has traded in the Secondary market under the ERF and believes Demand is such that we can move forward with projects with confidence. Let’s explore:
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?
We will have other buyers also — What are their credentials and what are they looking for?