Soil Carbon Awareness Seminar

Soil Carbon Awareness Seminars will be held at Narrabri and Inverell soon.  As you would be aware, soil carbon is a complex but increasingly important issue for farmers – this seminar hosted by the North West Beef Improvement Association, NSW Farmers and NSW Department of Primary Industries is aimed at explaining some of the issues regarding soil carbon, emissions trading, etc.

 If you would like to attend one of the seminars, please RSVP to 
Kristy Dunlop or David Llewelyn by Monday 9th March (Phone 02 6750 6300).

Cost:  $45 single or $80 per double.
Date:  12th March, Narrabri  or  13th March, Inverell
Programme:   see below

9.30am for 10.00 start
DPI Soil Carbon Awareness Update –  David Waters
– Carbon cycles
– Soil carbon fractions
– Effects of climate and soil type on soil carbon
– Organic carbon amendments
– Whole farm carbon dynamics
– The emissions trading scheme  – how it is shaping

12.30 – 1.30  LUNCH

1.30     Soil Carbon trends under cropping rotations:  Glen Innes Research Station results  –  Carol Harris
1.40     Soil Carbon trends under grazing  –  Bruce Coppock
1.50     Soil Carbon maintenance using compost additive – Bruce Picone
2.00     Biological benefits of Carbon farming and grazing practices  – Chris Teage

2.30    Afternoon Tea

3.00    Indirect costs of carbon pollution scheme for farmers.  What are they?   –  Greg Mills, Ag Economist
3.30      Mitigating methane emissions from ruminants – Roger Hegarty,  Beef CRC
4.00     OPTIONS for agriculture – under emission reduction limits and Carbon trading scheme guidelines  –  Mick Keogh, Australian Farm Institute

5.00      Close