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Support for Climate Action on Australian Farms

06 November 2012

AUSTRALIA - Applications are now open for the Gillard Government’s A$64 million Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Programme.

Individuals and organisations can apply for grants to assist farmers and land managers to adopt technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the programme will help farmers to financially benefit from creating Carbon Farming Initiative carbon credits.

“This programme provides farmers with the one-to-one assistance they need to make land sector emissions management part of their normal business decision making,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Funding is available for agribusinesses, farming groups, industry organisations and extension organisations to deliver climate action information to people on the ground.

“Many greenhouse gas abatement practices also have productivity benefits that make sense for farmers to adopt—this programme is about extending that to real world, on-farm adoption of the new technologies and practices.”

“This is a great opportunity to take climate research to the next level and share its benefits with farmers and land managers, with funds available over the next five years,” said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

“These grants will also provide funding for targeted industry and regional initiatives. That could mean anything from industry-specific decision support tools to district workshops,” he said.

Applications are open until April 2016, while funds remain, with a bulk assessment at least twice each year. To be included in the first assessment, applications are due 5 pm, 19 December 2012.

To find out more click here, email [email protected] or call 1800 283 940.

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