Biochar research funding to assist farmers in Carbon Farming Initiative
Two-million dollars of funding has been announced for five research projects looking to investigate ways farmers can participate in the Government’s $46 million Carbon Farming Initiative by using biochar to reduce their carbon emissions.
The projects focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving soil management, and developing ways for farms to adapt to and manage climate change.
The Government wants as many farmers as possible to capitalise on the opportunities the CFI presents, and these research projects will help investigate new ways biochar can help farmers get involved.
The projects could help in the development of Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies which farmers can put into practice on their properties to reduce their emissions and earn extra income.
Biochar is a stable, carbon-rich form of charcoal that can improve soil health and water holding capacity.
Biochar demonstration sites will be established in NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia so researchers are able to determine the effectiveness of biochar as an emission fighting agent.
The projects were funded under the Biochar Capacity Building Program, a part of the Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative.