Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Speakers: Max Downes, Dr James Sippo, Lorraine Gordon

Understanding market mechanisms: making money from environmental stewardship programs

Webinar 3 in a 3-part series

What are the different opportunities for maximising the value of your farm as an environmental asset from biodiversity to carbon? 

In this webinar, we will continue to considering the best ways to access the available carbon in your farm for economic and environmental benefit.

Farmers are set to be major suppliers of Environmental Goods and Services using mechanisms such as the carbon credit market. As these markets grow in volume, scope, and scale, it is important that farmers get fair access. Today we will be looking at the potential for more farmers to gain access to a fairer deal from the Environmental Goods and Services market through knowing and understanding the processes that they can adopt for best practice returns.

Followed by a Q&A session

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About the panellists

Max Downes, Finance Manager at Brownlow Hill

Max lives and works on-farm with his family on Brownlow Hill, a heritage listed, sixth generation working farm on the outskirts of Western Sydney. Originally a dairy farm, Max’s parents and family diversified into a number of areas, including what Max now manages, the farm’s biodiversity banking initiative. In 2010, Brownlow Hill became a pilot project of the Biodiversity Banking and Offsets Scheme. Currently they are working on a sixth site on the property, where Max focuses on the business behind the operation and manages these 6 Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements. With a bachelor of Agriculture Economics and Masters in Financial Planning,

Dr James Sippo, Research Scientist at Southern Cross University

James completed his PhD research looking at carbon cycling and sequestration in coastal vegetated ecosystems (blue carbon) and impacts on these systems from climate change. James has recently been working with the Australian Government (Clean Energy Regulator) and Australia’s leading blue carbon researchers, to build a national carbon credits calculator for coastal land. James is also running a Regenerative Agriculture unit through Southern Cross University which brings together experts in the regenerative movement. Today James will discuss ideas on carbon cycling and credits in grazing systems.

Lorraine Gordon, Carbon Farmer, Founder of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Director of the Farming Together Program, Southern Cross University

Our first panelist is also very much about bringing practical knowledge to the fore along with theory. Lorraine has assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers and foresters around the country to progress collaborative projects and establish Cooperatives which will benefit their various industries as Director of the  multi-award winning, Commonwealth Government’s Farming Together Program. As such, Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia for her work with farmers.

At heart, and at the core of what she does, Lorraine is a carbon farmer and holistic beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of NSW, where she uses timed control grazing methods to turn off up to 1000 steers per annum. A Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and previous NSW ABC Rural Woman of the Year Lorraine is currently completing her PhD in Ecological Economics through UNE, looking at a triple-bottom-line comparisons between regenerative and conventional grazing systems.