The Western Australian government is helping local farmers access expert advice, to make their operations more environmentally friendly through carbon farming.
In Western Australia, carbon farming – activities that store carbon in trees and soil – is a growing industry, which aims to make a significant difference to Australia’s climate change challenges.
Carbon farming can also have major economic benefits, says the government, through the generation of tradeable carbon credits, which can be sold to secondary markets looking to offset emissions.
The latest round of the Carbon for Farmers Vouchers program is now open.
Applications for funds of up to $15,000 can be made by individuals, or by groups of farmers, who want to work together to set up carbon farming projects.
Those who embark on a carbon farming journey, may be eligible for future funding through the Western Australian government’s $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program.
“The Carbon for Farmers Voucher Program will help farmers access tailored agronomic and business advice, to take their first steps into a sustainable farming future,” says Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, Forestry, Small Business Jackie Jarvis.
“Interest in this program continues to grow, as industry becomes more aware of carbon farming and the significant potential flow-on economic benefits.
“The Cook government is committed to tackling climate change, while also insuring the resilience of WA’s agriculture industry.”
For more information and to apply for a Carbon for Farmers Voucher visit agric.wa.gov.au/carbon-farming/carbon-farmers-voucher-program.