Carbon

Soil carbon group to pitch livestock as part of new Fed Govt’s climate solution

Eric Barker, 25/05/2022

Louisa Kiely

A LOBBY group, formed by soil carbon aggregators, is keen to put its industry in front of the new Federal Government – pitching itself as a big part of the solution to slowing climate change.

The weekend’s election has been a big talking point at the Carbon Farmers of Australia conference in Albury this week – with the Greens, the “Teal” independents and Labor all pushing for stronger action on climate change.

While many are seeing it as a win for carbon farmers, the consensus from many at the conference was that the industry will see few changes from the new government.

Soil Carbon Industry Group co-chair Louisa Kiely said the group’s immediate priority was to keep its part of the carbon industry on the new government’s radar.

“We have been set up to ensure the soil carbon space does not go backwards as every other space starts to knock on their door – like seaweed or blue carbon,” Ms Kiely said.

“There will be a long line to the energy minister’s room to make sure they understand agriculture’s role mitigation is so important. Battery storage, solar and wind are all good but farmers control the majority of the land.”

Livestock essential to soil carbon

With livestock being an essential part of soil carbon projects, Ms Kiely said it was important to educate consumers and policy makers about their value.

“We’ve been doing this since 2005 and we were tree-change farmers in the central-west of NSW farming fine wool,” she said.

“We did the holistic management course and that is where we learnt that grasses and grass eating animals co-evolved, they need each other to survive. It’s about the management of the animals and that’s where carbon farming has come from.”

Ms Kiely said she was confident the group could sell that message to The Greens, who are shaping up to hold a big share of the senate.

“I think the Greens have been told about this and I think they have a bit of a bad wrap when it comes to agriculture,” she said.

“When we go to Canberra we will be knocking on their door and we believe the relationship between the Greens and agriculture can be improved.”

 

  • Beef Central’s Eric Barker is attending the conference and will have more stories over the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Peter Dunn, 25/05/2022

    Oh, the excitement. How precious the excitement. It has been a long time coming, so it is somewhat understandable that it is creating euphoria. However. the question which remains is whether the new Federal Government’s environmental policy will be the vehicle for parts of the new Federal Government’s agricultural policy, such as the parts about shutting down live export, tree clearing, and water access. The new Federal Government might well appear to love methane reduction, and may possibly put funding into it, but that is only for now, and for the public perception. It will be what will be going on in the unpublicised background that will determine the future of the agriculture industry.

  2. Will Robinson, 25/05/2022

    Walter Jehne (ex CSIRO, based in Canberra) and director of Regenerate Earth has a very powerful 11 minute you tube presentation on how herbivores naturally function positively in terms of methane. Walter could have immense capacity to induct the new wave of politicians in Canberra on the exact science of methane, especially our new Cabinet.

    Here is the link to Walter Jehne’s video – editor.

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