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The how to guide for Carbon Farming



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S e n a t o r t h e H o n . J o e L u d w i g

M i n i s t e r f o r A g r i c u l t u r e , F i s h e r i e s a n d F o r e s t r y

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The how to guide for Carbon Farming

The Carbon Farming Initiative is explained from start to finish in the CFI Handbook released today, Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig said.

“This handbook contains everything farmers and landholders need to know about the CFI,” Minister Ludwig said.

The handbook outlines how the CFI works, who administers it, who can participate and how to get involved. It answers the questions many people have, and maps out the steps to take to make the most of the opportunities the CFI presents for our farmers.

Minister Ludwig said one of the best ways for farmers and landholders to manage the risks posed by climate change is to take advantage of the CFI.

“Agriculture in Australia is headed toward a period of real opportunity, but that stands challenged by climate change and the uncertainty it presents to our production into the future,” he said.

“The CFI is a win-win for our farmers - it opens up new revenue streams and helps deal with the impacts of a changing climate and build resilience in the land sector.

“By getting involved, farmers and land managers can actively help to restore carbon in the landscape, make our agriculture industries more sustainable, and protect our natural resources.

“At the same time, participants can generate carbon credits from the actions they take and sell the credits in carbon markets to generate income.

“Managing the impacts of climate change is an important step in protecting our agricultural industries and this one way the Gillard Government is helping to secure our food and fibre production into the long term.”

Hard copies of the handbook are available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or online at http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/government/initiatives/carbon-farming-initiative/handbook.aspx

Further information about the Carbon Farming Initiative is available at www.climatechange.gov.au/cfi