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8. Further Resources and Guidance

General carbon farming resources A Farmer’s Handbook to On-farm Carbon Management, CarbonCount Clean Energy Regulator – methods, tools and case studies for the land sector Australian Farm Institute – landholder guide to soil carbon farming Carbon Market Institute – fact sheets and signatories to the Code of Practice Lists of carbon service providers to connect …

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Principles for successful and sustained collaboration

Collaboration can be a powerful tool, enabling primary producers to work together and enhance their business position by creating opportunities that could not be achieved alone. But working collaboratively is not always a golden ticket to business success, because collaboration is not easy to achieve, and it’s even harder to sustain. Collaboration is high risk …

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5. Pathways and enabling factors

Through the interviews and workshops that were undertaken with farmers, landholder groups, government agencies, carbon service providers and various experts for this guide, the area that emerged as the most promising starting point for collaboration around carbon farming was knowledge-sharing and support with project establishment. Key reasons for this include: Collaboration in this area has …

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4. Case studies

The three case studies presented here highlight the diversity of models and stakeholder groups that could become involved in collaborative carbon farming. These stakeholder groups include: Farming systems groups: Starting with an existing group like this can maximise trust and social bonds. A farming systems group is also likely to have members with similar enterprises …

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3. Potential for Collaboration

The interviews undertaken for this guide highlighted a range of ways in which collaboration between landholders could enhance the benefits of carbon farming and reduce barriers, as shown below: Benefits that may be enhanced by collaboration Social benefits (peer support, sense of community) Bargaining power in carbon markets Co-benefits for biodiversity, erosion control, flood mitigation …

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2. Opportunities and Barriers

Due to the depleted carbon levels of many soils across Australia, opportunities exist to sequester carbon in soils through changes in land management. Under stable management, soil carbon levels can be expected to fluctuate around a steady-state equilibrium that is primarily determined by rainfall levels. Changes in land management can transition soil carbon levels to …

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