Will The Government Steal $12 billion From Australian Farmers?
The Garnaut Inquiry Final Report estimates that Australian soils can sequester conservatively, 600 million tonnes of CO2e pa. At $20/tonne, that is a $12 billion incentive for Australian farmers to change their land management and adopt carbon farming. That money can save rural communities; it can save family farming; it can save rural landscapes and restore soils. And, as Garnaut sees it paid for between 25-50 years, it can help Agriculture prepare for and even prosper in the dryer, hotter future we are assured is coming. Or - as it did with the Native Vegetation Laws - will the Government 'nationalise' the soil carbon to pay its Kyoto bills? Who owns the carbon in the soil?
2009 Carbon Farming Conference - a tasting platter
Former Governor General to speak at Official Dinner. Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC will deliver the First Annual “Farming For Planet Earth” Oration. He is known to be passionately aware of the urgency for effective action on issues such as the Murray Darling Basin and our disappearing rivers. The Major General is forming a civilian Task Force to make a last-ditch effort to stop the spiral of decline of farm landscapes. He says “the train is leaving the station.” All Aboard!
Scientists are so hot for Bioferts that they have abandoned their concurrent sessions so they can hear Rhonda Daly and Bart Stephenson take us through the A-B-C of Composting and Biofertilisers. These will be practical sessons: pitfalls, problems and solutions, for beginners. Rhonda pioneered On-Farm Composting and Bart has established broadacre biological farming as the norm in many districts, against the odds.
The drought-proof property: Disconnecting carrying capacity from rainfall is just one of the effects of his grazing management operation that carbon farmer Tim Wright can talk about. His operation near Uralla has been extremely well measured by scientists, with conventionally-grazed paddocks showing dramatic differences. But most dramatic of all was the way he managed through two droughts while maintaining stock numbers.
Can soil choose to sequester? Sydney U’s Professor John Crawford has discovered that soil can protect its carbon levels and even send microbes to areas that are losing carbon to help restore them. This amazing discovery could lead to a new way to measure soil C.
Heroes of the New Agricultural Revolution will be acknowledged at the Official Dinner. These are individuals who have made a significant contribution to the soil carbon movement at some significant personal cost. Their names will be entered into the Hall of Heroes.
Meet the Soil Carbon Mythbusters: CSIRO’s Clive Kirkby and the NSW DPI’s David Water - best known as the “Soil Carbon Mythbusters” – will be speaking at the Carbon Farming Conference.. Nohard feelings
Soil Carbon Open For Business: A new tradable product called an “Australian Removal Unit” is being offered through the Prime Carbon “Soil Enhancement and Carbon Sequestration (SECS) Program. SECS is a process of supported land management change resulting in carbon storage in soil. You can order a Soil Carbon Sequestration Baseline Survey now.
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Can you make water from air? Just tooling about with the formulae for the process of photosynthesis, as you do, Ken Bellamy noticed that there was a Hydrogen atom left over after the two distinct stages of capturing the CO2 and converting it. This led to a curious discovery which has the scientists racing to confirm it scientifically.. Ken Bellamy will speak at this year’s Soil Carbon Farming Conference in Orange 4th-5th November, 2009.
He degrades ecosystems on purpose and he calls it “Landsmanship”, a new term to describe an almost ‘hands off’ approach to farm landscape and soil health. Paul Newell, a longtime colleague of Peter Andrews, has developed his ideas over 40 years. They are outrageous, but they work. He breaks down and destroys ecological units in order to see what will remedy the situation. Paul Newell will speak at the Soil Carbon Farming Conference in Orange 4th-5th November, 2009.
Soil creates human health? Dr Carole Hungerford, author of “Good Health in the 21st Century” believes poorly managed soils fail to provide the food grown in it with sufficient minerals to help our bodies resist disease. Dr Hungerford will speak at this year’s Soil Carbon Farming Conference in Orange 4th-5th November, 2009.
The secret life of humus: Clive Kirkby is best known to Coaliton members as the author of the “Hidden Cost of Humus” article. He has a ‘revolutionary’ theory about humus and will speak at this year’s Soil Carbon Farming Conference in Orange 4th-5th November, 2009