Forum - Carbon Farming Initiative

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The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) allows farmers and land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land.  These credits can then be sold to people and businesses wishing to offset their emissions.

The CFI also helps the environment by encouraging sustainable farming and providing a source of funding for landscape restoration projects.

Participation in the CFI is voluntary; farmers and landholders can choose whether or not to be involved.

Much has been written in the media about 'carbon farming'.  In this forum we will hear from some leading experts in their field on both the challenges and the opportunities that will face farmers and landholders under the new carbon tax regime and the potential role of the CFI in helping them adapt to this new era.


Professor Tim Reeves


Professor Tim Reeves has worked for 40 years in agricultural research, development and extension, focused on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas. He was a pioneer of no-till research in NE Victoria. His professional career positions have included: Member, United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger, Member, European Commission Expert Group for Evaluation of Framework Projects: Senior Expert, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

He is currently a Board Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and a Board Director of the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre. He is currently Director and Principal of Timothy G. Reeves and Associates Pty. Ltd., specializing in national and international consulting in agricultural research and development.

Dr Richard Eckard
Associate Professor,
Melbourne School of Land and Environment,
The University of Melbourne


Dr Richard Eckard is the Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre based in Melbourne. He is a highly experienced scientist who has focused his research on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems; nitrogen cycling in agro-ecosystems; and whole-farm modelling of intensive grazing systems. He is a Science Leader in "Greenhouse in Agriculture" and the Victorian Climate Change  Adaptation Program. He is an excellent science communicator who has given much thought to the topic of this forum.

Listen to Dr Richard Eckard's Carbon Farming Initiative talk (11720 KB)

View Dr Richard Eckard's Carbon Farming Initiative Presentation (675 KB) 

Mick Keogh
Executive Director
Australian Farm Institute


Previously General Manager Policy, NSW Farmers' Association, Mick worked for ten years as an agricultural management consultant, for both private and public sector clients. He was a research officer at the University of NSW and obtained a BSc and MSc in agriculture at the University of NSW. He grew up on, and continues to be involved in, a mixed-farming enterprise based in southern NSW. Mick has been at the forefront of discussions around the impacts of a carbon tax and the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Listen to Mick Keoghs Carbon Farming Initiative talk (11649 KB)

View Mick Keogh's Carbon Farming Initiative Presentation (777 KB)

Mark Wootton
Principal and Manager of Jigsaw Farms


Mark Wootton is the Principal and Manager of Jigsaw Farms, a family farm enterprise north of Hamilton covering 14,500 acres. Jigsaw Farms is a beef and sheep farming system with large tracts of biodiversity plantings, wetlands and agroforestry. Mark holds a Diploma of Agriculture, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Geography Degree from Monash University. He is Chair of the Climate Institute Board and is also a board member of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.

Listen to Mark Wooton's Carbon Farming Initiative talk (9397 KB)

View Mark Wooton's Carbon Farming Initiative Presentation (4762 KB)


Cathy Bell 
ph: 03 5243 3533
fax: 03 5244 1263