Preliminary program

The program will be updated progressively as topics and speakers are confirmed.

Much more than a conference – over these 4 days, you will get a full education, NOT available anywhere else. You will be equipped with all you need to make decisions around the new Carbon and Biodiversity Markets and your Farm.

Monday 23 May – Pre-Conference Events

🕒 1pm-5pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Theatrette

CARBON FARMING 101 WORKSHOP

Want to get up to speed before the Conference? Get a handle on the language?
This is a great Plain English Introduction… EG: what is a Method? – what is a Project? – what is Aggregation? – what is a Carbon Farm Plan? How do I increase the carbon flows on farm? What markets are there?

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🕒 5:30pm-7:30pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Expo Area

WELCOME EVENT

Mingle with Conference Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Delegates. Enjoy delicious food and wine whilst catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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Tuesday 24 May – Conference Day 1

🕒 7:30am-9am
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Expo Area

Expo (more than 30 trade displays!) and registration opens at 7:30am. Network with speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and other delegates. Great coffee cart sponsored by South Pole, settle in. Ask exhibitors what they can do for your bottom line.

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We develop and finance projects around the world that reduce carbon emissions, protect biodiversity, and bring real benefits to local communities.

🕒 9am-5pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre

farm of the future

THE ‘FARM OF THE FUTURE’ IS HERE

The ‘farm of the future’ is here. Prepare to be inspired at how farmers are being rewarded now in the Carbon and Biodiversity Markets. Expert Speakers, New Methods, International Markets. Learn what the future demand for Carbon Credits will be. Has COP26 improved market access for Farmers?

9am Sharp

INTRODUCTION

This session will include introductions to Session Moderators including Louisa Kiely (Director & CEO, Carbon Farmers of Australia), Lorraine Gordon (Southern Cross University), and Matthew Warnken (Managing Director, AgriProve: Soil Carbon Solutions). It will also include the Welcome to Country, and explain how the sessions will run.

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Louisa Kiely

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Lorraine Gordon

Matthew-Warnken

Matthew Warnken

SESSION ONE:

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY SETTINGS AND MECHANISMS, AND THE ROAD AHEAD

Moderator: TBA

9:15 am

International and domestic climate change policy mechanisms and trading options update

🎙️ Brad Kerin, Carbon Market Institute

Brad-Kerin

Brad Kerin

Update on the domestic Emissions Reduction Fund and the Climate Solutions Fund – the mechanism which allows Farmers to earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

  • What is the role of the Paris Agreement – and COP26? Australia already has a $2 billion Carbon Farming and Trading industry. What difference has COP26 made? Where to from here?
  • What are the mechanisms?
  • What opportunities does this mean for Australian Farmers?
  • What is the role of the CMI?

9:30 am

Combining technologies, people, business models, and funding to deliver a low carbon future

  • The ag-tech opportunities
  • E.g. Blockchain
  • Funding carbon projects

9:45 am

Working together to solve complex environmental challenges

🎙️ Lorraine Gordon, Founder Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, and Farming Together Project Director at Southern Cross University

Lorraine-Gordon

Lorraine Gordon

The 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 and their current projects.

10 am

Meat & Livestock Australia

🎙️ Margaret Jewel

MLA has a Target of being Carbon Neutral by 2030. We have invited them to present on how this will be achieved. The speaker will cover pathways MLA have identified and what this means for landholders. Will landholders supply Credits to the MLA?

10:15 am

The world’s carbon markets are a rapidly growing and dynamic space. The speaker 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.

10:30 am

Session 1 Q & A

10:45 am

Morning Tea in the Expo Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 trade displays!) These exhibitors are keen to answer all your carbon farming questions. Take your cuppa with you and ask all the hard ones! 😊

SESSION TWO

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

11:15 am

Soil carbon measurement requirements – evolution in action

With the advent of the 2021 Soil Carbon Method, the push is on to lower implementation costs. The speaker will outline advances in soil carbon measurement.

11:30 am

CSIRO Carbon Farming discovery tool update

🎙️ Cara Stitzlein, CSIRO

Cara-Stitzlein

Cara Stitzlein

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.

11:45 am

A Farmer’s perspective of a Soil Carbon Project

What have they learned? What activities are they using?

12:00 pm

Mainstreaming the Soil Carbon Trade – an update from Australia’s premier Soil Carbon Project Developer

🎙️ Matthew Warnken, CEO Agriprove

Matthew-Warnken

What innovations are forthcoming?
Are we advancing to the lowest cost measurement?

12:15 pm

Session 2 Q & A

12:30 pm

Lunch in the Expo Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 trade displays!)

Have you made any deals yet?

SESSION THREE

SOIL CARBON: THE WORLD’S LARGEST CARBON SINK OVER WHICH WE HAVE CONTROL – HARNESSING ITS POTENTIAL (CONTINUED)

MODERATOR: TBA

1:30 pm

Alternate opportunities for the agriculture sector

🎙️ Cathy Waters, NSW DPI

Cathy-Waters

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, and towards Carbon Trading.

1:45 pm

Further topics, sessions and speakers TBA

4:45 pm

Session Q & A

🕒 5 pm-6 pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Expo Area

HAPPY HOUR

Networking opportunity with delegates, speakers and exhibitors. 

Enjoy a cheeky beverage before ‘frocking up’ for dinner!

🕒 7 pm-LATE
📍 The Commercial Club Auditorium

National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo Gala DinnerSOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY PRESENTS THE

2022 NATIONAL CARBON FARMING CONFERENCE GALA DINNER

The hugely popular social event of the Carbon Farming Conference and Expo … great food and company!

Stand by for more information on the evening’s entertainment.

Wednesday 25 May – Conference Day 2

🕒 7:30am-9am
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Expo Area

Expo (more than 30 trade displays!) and registration opens at 7:30am. Network with speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and other delegates. Great coffee cart sponsored by South Pole. Settle in.

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🕒 9am-5pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre

CARBON FARMING, CARBON TRADING & THE CARBON MARKETS

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 am Sharp

CALL TO ACTION

SESSION ONE:

PART 1 – BEEF HERD METHANE REDUCTION

PART 2 – TREE CARBON, TREE PLANTINGS, PLANTATIONS, AGROFORESTRY AND BEYOND

Moderator: Louisa Kiely – Director, Carbon Farmers of Australia

9:15 am

Reduction of methane in the beef herd

The ‘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?

9:30 am

Opportunities for tree planting projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund

The speaker will outline the Emissions Reduction Fund methods for establishing trees for commercial harvest or as non-harvest plantings – how has this method been streamlined?

9:45 am

Plantation and Forestry ERF methods

The speaker will explain how under the Farm of the Future model, there may be more opportunities for farm forestry or plantation projects.

10 am

The future of Integrated Farm Methods

🎙️ Skye Glenday, Climate Friendly

Skye-Glenday

Skye Glenday

It was recently announced that an Integrated Farm Method will be developed in 2022. Skye will explain how this will multiply farmers’ opportunities to take part in the market.

10:15 am

Private land conservation and offsets

A high-level overview of the up-and-coming Biodiversity offset markets. What are they and how can Farmers engage?

10:30 am

Department of Agriculture Water & Environment

We have invited a representative from the Department of Agriculture, Water & Environment. The department has several pilots running. The speaker will bring us up to date on the potential for an “ACCU plus”, remnant vegetation protection, and stewardship payments.

10:45 am

Session 1 Q & A

11 am

Morning Tea in the Expo Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 trade displays!) 

Your in-depth discussions continue…

SESSION TWO

ALTERNATIVE MARKET MECHANISMS – BEYOND THE ERF

Moderator: TBA

11:30 am

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

🎙️ Alastair Handley, Founder, Radicle Balance (Alberta, Canada)

Alastair-Handley

Alastair Handley

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

11:45 am

Contracting for Carbon Projects

🎙️ Elisa de Wit – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Elisa de Wit

Elisa de Wit

This well-known speaker will cover different contracting models, standard requirements, and risk allocation type issues, as farmers weigh up offerings from project developers.

12 pm

TBA

12:15 pm

Why Impact Investors are interested in ecosystem services and how to engage them in carbon farming?

Impact Investing is a growing global trend where investors seek to deploy capital to generate measurable and beneficial impacts as well as financial returns. Investors seek 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, provides the perfect match for this form of investment. Opportunities include accelerating R&D, scaling projects, and driving market acceptance.

This speaker will explore the interaction between Carbon Farming and investors.

12:30 pm

Session 2 Q & A

12:45 pm

Lunch in the Expo Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 trade displays!)

SESSION THREE:

CLIMATE POLICY AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Moderator: TBA

1:30 pm

The Clean Energy Regulator

The CER oversees the ERF. The speaker will outline the Regulator’s key opportunities arising in the land sector including future demand. Plans for a “carbon exchange”.

1:45 pm

Visioning the Carbon Farming future

GreenCollar 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?

2 pm

TBA

2:15 pm

TBA

2:30 pm

Measurement advances in the Soil Carbon space

🎙️ Ignatius Verbeek, Principal, Agri X

Ignatius Verbeek

Ignatius Verbeek

Ignatius and his team have baselined more farms for carbon than any other. What are the measurement advances to reduce cost and improve efficiency?

3 pm

Session 3 Q & A

3:15 pm

Afternoon Tea in the Expo Area (great tea and coffee and more than 30 exhibitors!

Now’s the time to close those deals!

SESSION FOUR:

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,
Lorraine Gordon

3:45 pm

What of the wind – who can benefit from wind on farms

🎙️ Charlie Prell, NSW Regional Organiser, Australian Wind Alliance

Charlie-Prell

Charlie Prell

Transition from fossil fuel based to renewable generation of electricity provides a unique opportunity for communities to once again share in the ownership of the infrastructure and to share in the wealth being created. Many European countries are embracing this challenge.

In Australia this is less common, but 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.

4 pm

What of the sun?

🎙️ Stephen Todd, Volt Farmer

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.

4:15 pm

What role will Blockchain play in the future – will you trade in Agricultural tokens?

Blockchain 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? The Farm of the Future could trade in Bitcoin or indeed an agricultural token.

4:30 pm

Session 4 Q & A

4:45 pm 

Wrap up and Finish – Louisa Kiely

Thursday 26 May Post Conference Event

🕒 8:30am-12pm
📍 Albury Entertainment Centre – Theatrette

ADVANCED CARBON FARMING WORKSHOP – STEPS TO A PROJECT

From Project Implementation to Credit Creation…
Take your knowledge to the next level at this in-depth post-conference workshop. Learn how to take part in a Carbon Farming Project for productivity and profit. Project Aggregation opportunities for NRM & OTHER GROUPS, FARMERS, and ADVISORS explained.