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Sustainability Push Offers Land Owners Money Making Opportunities

08 April 2013

AUSTRALIA – Farmers have the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and develop a second income stream by capitalising on government funding projects.

A Government sustainability initiative ‘Filling the research gap programme’ is targeting $AUS30 million at land owners and farmers in developing solutions to improve sustainable food production.

The raft of research projects coincides with the release of a Climate Commission report which last week reinforced the necessity of facing up to climate change.

The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Joe Ludwig said a total of 31 projects have been devised in all that will abate climate change and the extreme weather events that result and threaten farming.

“It is research projects like these that underpin the agriculture sector’s ability to take up the sopportunities presented by the Carbon Farming Initiative,” said Mr Ludwig. “Some of Australia’s best research organisations have been successful in this round, including research and development csorporations, universities and private industry.”

Minister Ludwig announced the recipients during a visit to the Queensland University of Technology which will receive $1,816,708 for three projects that will:

  • develop cost-effective methodologies for quantifying emissions of nitrous oxide from agricultural soils
  • evaluate composting as a practice to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions from manure; and
  • explore weather forecasts as a tool to better time fertiliser to minimise nitrous oxide emissions.

 

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