The research findings from the Carbon Farming Futures (CFF) Programs are now available in the publication “Boosting farm productivity – Improved soils and reduced greenhouse gas emissions”.
Under the Carbon Farming Futures programme, which began in 2012 and ran through to 2017, the Australian Government invested more than $139 million in 200 projects, involving more than 530 farmers and 350 organisations. The programme examined ways to improve farmer productivity and profitability while adapting farmer practices to deal with a more variable climate and assisting Australia to meet its international obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This publication gives an overview of the key research achievements of the programme that show how farmers, working with industry, rural research and development corporations and universities, can improve profit and productivity when introducing practices or technologies to:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation)
- increase the amount of carbon in agricultural soils (sequestration)
- deal with a more variable climate (adaptation).
The work also improved some of the tools and management practices that farmers rely on to participate in the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.
The programme, managed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, was delivered through a series of competitive grants programmes which included Filling the Research Gap, Action on the Ground, and Extension and Outreach.
The publication can be found on the department’s website at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/climatechange/carbonfarmingfutures .
The evaluation of the CFF was conducted by Grosvenor Management Consulting and is also available on the main CFF page.