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Becoming a carbon smart land manager

Increasing organic carbon and limiting carbon losses on your property is a balancing act. With so much information available in a rapidly evolving space, knowing what's right for your property is a challenge. 

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board is here to support you as a carbon smart land manager.

Carbon smart farming in the Limestone Coast

Hear from local land managers about being part of the exciting opportunities in the Limestone Coast. Learn more about becoming a carbon smart land manager in the Limestone Coast.

Access local knowledge

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board's Carbon Outreach Officer has local knowledge and expertise and can provide free advice on:

  • Identifying the level of stored carbon on your property.
  • Recommending the most suitable carbon farming methods to sequester carbon.
  • Measuring carbon emissions and the capacity for carbon sequestration.
  • Becoming a certified carbon neutral farm or business.
  • Participating in carbon markets.
  • Understanding the governing regulations.
  • Connecting with like-minded land managers.

Contact our Carbon Outreach Officer today

Many primary industries in Australia have established targets for carbon emissions 

Dairy Australia has set targets of reducing emissions by 30% by 2030. Meat and Livestock Australia have set a goal of no net release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by Australian beef, lamb and goat productions, including lot feeding and meat processing, by 2030. These align to State and Territory governments’ goals for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

We all have a significant part to play to reach these goals by adopting carbon smart farming practices.

Measuring carbon emissions and sequestration

Carbon accounting is the way that producers can determine their annual net greenhouse gas emissions. A carbon account includes two key elements: emissions released in primary production, subtracted by the carbon stored in vegetation and soils.

There are a number of resources and calculators freely available to support creating a carbon account. Or, connect with your Carbon Outreach Officer to assist.

Reducing your emissions

Reducing your emissions can result in on-farm productivity gains. Reducing your emissions on your property involves the mitigation or abatement of greenhouse gas emissions.

A variety of different practices can decrease carbon emissions and therefore a property’s footprint:

  • planting vegetation
  • pasture cropping
  • no-till cropping
  • mulching and manuring
  • rumen inoculants and feed additives
  • natural fertilisers
  • maximising groundcover.

Building up and assessing carbon in your soil

Learn about how to recognise carbon in your soil and the opportunities for building levels of carbon for healthy and productive soils.