LETS CELEBRATE FARMERS FIGHTING GREENHOUSE

Monday, June 29, 2015

Did you catch the media interest in climate change over last week? - It really does seem that this Government will need to take a bigger emissions reduction target to Paris, and beyond. 

This signals an on-going place for the LandSector. We certainly favour a market mechanism to be in place after the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). 

There is resistance to this push for greater action within some in the Liberal Party and there is a call for a Inquiry into Climate Science. This would lead to delay at the very least.

As a result, some active Farmers have come forward to push for higher targets in regards to climate action. I have signed an open letter to the Liberal Party gathering to reject this notion. I urge you to sign it as well. See here 

ONLY sequestration in trees and soil take the existing carbon from the air and store it safely - improving productivity while they do so. Emissions reductions are important, but its the CO2 in the air from the last 80 years which is causing the damage. AND Farmers control 65% of the land mass!

But, we have treated the soil like dirt. Now is the time to give it back what it needs. 

As Michael wrote so long ago in song when he was inspired: “The Land needs a Lover whose loving convinces it to stay”. NO soil, no future. 

We believe the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is an immediate incentive to get started , and that more incentives will come. The prize with the ERF is a Government contract which can help to pay for efficiencies and other things.

We have a couple of complimentary polices to help with costs as well.

1.Green Army - We’ll talk about how you could get Green Army help to plant trees, do fencing etc. 

2.Immediate write off for fencing and other infrastructure. 

BTW - Michael will be giving the talk on OTHER Markets - How to sell Carbon Credits OUTSIDE of the ERF. We have 25 years experience in DIRECT Marketing. Its how we raised $100K to feed our sheep in the drought. He will take you through “Adopt a Farmer Fighting Greenhouse” concept and “Carbon Credited” wool /beef or other commodity.

You know the rest - Pick up the phone 02 6374 0329 and 

Onwards 

Louisa

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK A CARBON ADVISOR AND FIELD DAY PROGRAM ANNOUNCED!

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Good Morning!

Lets be real - this is new and complex at first. You may well want to partner with a Carbon Advisor - A service provider who will assist you to navigate the complexity - often with a business model which ensures they have ‘skin’ in the game. Or negotiate your own way of partnership.

BUT HOW TO FIND A CARBON ADVISOR AND WHAT DO YOU ASK THEM? How do you find out WHAT they know?

Well, Here’s the first 10 questions to ask - Bring these to the conference with you, ask everyone from the Department, to the Administrator to the Speakers, develop more questions as you are there and finish off your education at the Advanced Workshop -

After which, you will have the information you know to move to A PROJECT if you wish. AND the know how of how to enter the Governments reverse auction if you wish.

10 QUESTIONS To ask a ‘Carbon Advisor’.

1. I’ve heard there are a number of Land Sector methods I could use. How do you approach looking at my farm operation? (Basically: Are you a ‘method’ specialist or do you work with more than one method?)

2. Do you advise on what activities I can do under each method you work within?

3. Will you do a cost/benefit estimate? (So you can do a GM analysis on the carbon enterprise).

4. Are you a ‘one stop shop’ or do I need other advisors if so, who? – lawyer, auditor, etc

5. How many years income is there for me? What happens after the contract finishes?

6. Do you take care of all the administration details? What are my up-front costs?

7. How do you get paid? What is the business structure between us?

8. Do you work in Rural and Regional Australia? Will you come to me?

9. Have you any experience in a Carbon Project - CFI/ERF or other? (that doesn’t rule a company out of course)

10. Does your company hold an Australian Financial Services Licence? - This is NOT required in all circumstances, but good to know!

AND THE FIELD DAY PROGRAM IS NOW UP ON THE SITE – MORE ON THAT SOON! Click here to view

This conference is good timing for you to hear from expert speakers and exhibitors, who will help you understand the process!! You can get more information and register online http://www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au

You know the rest - Pick up the phone 02 6374 0329 and

Onwards

Louisa

Whats a 5-10 year Government guaranteed contract with a set price worth to you?

Monday, June 22, 2015
Good Morning! I travelled to Melbourne last week, to attend the 'ERF information' sessions given by the Carbon Market Institute, under the auspices of the Clean Energy Regulator and the Department of the Environment (meet all of them at the conference!).

I wanted to make sure my information about the ERF was completely up to date. The meeting confirmed that I'm not dreaming - The mood in the room was definitely that we need to engage with the next round of the ERF to maintain any advantage - WHY? Let me count the ways:

1. The $2.55billion is finite at the moment. As in, no more. $660 million has already been spent!

2. A Senior climate change lawyer with Norton Rose has no doubt Government contracts signed under the ERF will be honoured. If you get a 10 year contract, you know what you've got for the next 10 years! These contracts have drought-proofed Western NSW for the next 10 years.

Is that worth investigating? NOW that is definitely worth investigating!!!

2. The next ERF auction 'most likely' to happen before the end of the year. No guarantee on timing for rounds after that - there may be another $660 Million in this round, or more!

So, Once you make an ‘educated guess’ that there WILL be one more auction before the end of the year, you arrive at around a Mid- Late November – much past that you run into all sorts of ‘end of year’ issues!

Given that, the indicative time line as developed by the Carbon Market Institute and unveiled at the information sessions confirms that it take 3- 4 months from Project Planning to putting in a bid to the auction.

You can see there is NO TIME TO WASTE!

But to find out exactly how to proceed you SHOULD REGISTER FOR THE NATIONAL CARBON FARMING CONFERENCE in Albury 7-10 July.

This conference is good timing for you to hear from expert speakers and exhibitors, who will help you understand the process!! You can get more information and register online http://www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au
Don't forget to pick up the phone for a chat whenever you feel like it - 02 6374 0329

Onwards!
Louisa.

3 Weeks to go! Program announced. Still the only thorough education around!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Hi Everyone - So, it takes a while to assemble the best of the best to inform and educate everyone.

Now its ready. Please find the program here. No where else is the creme de la creme of the carbon world gathered in Rural Australia. We are grateful to the speakers for giving us their time.

Just ask yourself - Where else do I go to learn about this - just in case I might want to take part? What if the next round of the ERF is announced next week - how do I engage?

My creme de la creme includes Peter Castellas, who is the CEO of The Carbon Market Institute and is just back from an overseas trip - he has ALL the latest on what is going on with the other big polluting countries, and he says he's excited by what is happening. The Paris talks are looking more promising than the others for a Global Agreement.

But wait, there's more! So I'm onto the Field 1/2 day program - Let me give you a taste.

We will be going to a great property about 20 minutes out of Albury. Run by the Taylors, originally of Pooginook fame, this is an excellent example of a Carbon Farm. We'll hear about how the Taylors are bringing it back - Our tour will include a visit to their Natural Sequence Farming Site - designed by Peter Andrews - I can't wait to see that. We'll also have a look at their CFI/ERF Tree plantings - an example of 'going it alone' on a smaller site.

However, it doesn't stop there -

We'll be showing you HOW the soil carbon testing under the approved method is carried out on the ground - With Dr Thakur Bhattarai - Ask questions.

AND a brand new Soil Renovator Machine. This machine is turning heads, I can assure you - and we'll hear the famous Dr Maarten Stapper talk about its potential.

Both of the above gentleman will expand on these topics at the conference

So much to look forward to! It's going to be great.
BUT YOU MUST REGISTER!

Don't forget to pick up the phone for a chat whenever you feel like it - 02 6374 0329

Onwards!
Louisa.

Farmers of Australia, start building your carbon plan... now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
LETTER TO THE FARMERS OF AUSTRALIA
from Carbon Farmers of Australia
As you know, CARBON CREDITS are a hot topic of conversation with Farmers all over Australia. 

We know you are keen to learn how to access a share of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) $2.55 billion put on the table by the Federal Government.
This is not Grant money.
It has to be earnt…. and $250 million has already been distributed to the Land Sector through the 1st ERF Auction"!

The pathway to gaining this new income stream sounds complicated….however, there are many options now available!!
All will be explained in detail by the expert Speakers and Exhibitors at the 2 Day Carbon Farming Conference Wednesday and Thursday 8th and 9th July, which is just part of the 4 day National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo in Albury.

This Conference is NO talk fest…. and practical information will be delivered in ‘Plain English’.
It is designed for delegates to be able to ACT on the information they receive - in time for the next round of the ERF!
It keeps Landholders and their advisers and product providers up to date with the very latest information about CARBON TRADING.
For your convenience, Louisa and Michael Kiely, Directors of Carbon Farmers of Australia, have used their experience and knowledge to gather the most practical and expert speakers in Australia all under the one roof at the same time!
At the Carbon Farming Conference & Expo this year Delegates will learn about all the NEW METHODS available through the Government’s DIRECT ACTION, hear case study presentations by early adopters who have earnt BIG DOLLARS to drought-proof their properties …..and most importantly talk to the many Project Developers on hand who can guide Farmers through the process of deciding the Method/s they should use when registering a Project for CARBON CREDITS.
Earning CARBON CREDITS is no longer just about Soil and/or Trees.
In a Carbon Farming first our Delegates this year will learn how a ‘Whole of Farm Audit’ will identify MULTIPLE METHODS for Farmers to use.
eg Soil Carbon, Finishing Beef Earlier, Feed Supplement, Mobile Farm Machinery, Stationary Pumps, Trees (do not discount them - plant them, save them, use the Government’s One Million Trees and GREEN ARMY program) … just to name a few!!
There are now so many new opportunities for the Land Sector to earn CARBON CREDITS over the next 10 to 15 years and drought-proof their properties…BUT there are also so many more competitors in this space….. including BIG companies who will gain access to the ERF by reducing their Emissions.

SO - TIME FOR FARMERS TO GET THEMSELVES ORGANISED AND BUILD THEIR CARBON PLAN …. NOW!
It is important that all landholders in Australia attend this informative Conference, which will update them on the many new opportunities available to them now… to build their CARBON CREDIT BANK and directly selling their own Carbon Credits to polluters or putting a bid into the Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) Auction.
The 2nd ERF Auction is anticipated to be held later this year. Farmers should be working closely with Project Developers or their local Landcare Group or other Natural Resource Management Groups, getting their advice, preparing their Projects and using group buying power to get the best deals.
Farmers and other Delegates should visit the National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo website and register ONLINE to attend any or all of the following:
• The 2 Day Conference • The Field Trip (See AMAZING NEW Carbon Farming Machinery)
• Carbon Farming 101 Workshop (Back to Basics) • Carbon Cocky Awards Gala Dinner
• Advanced Industry Workshop • Transport Emissions Reduction Workshop.
You can register here ----- http://www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au

SEE SPECIAL RATES FOR FARMERS AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING GROUPS –
saving them an extra $50 off their 2-day Conference ticket.

Local Land Services (LLS), Landcare, Catchment Management Authority (CMA) or other Natural Resource Management (NRM) Groups
We are really excited about the opportunities for Farmers this year.
Don't miss out – this Conference provides learning opportunities provided nowhere else! Please don't hesitate to call us anytime with any queries. Louisa on 02 6374 0329. AND Jan on 02 6882 1425.




I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS! Next round of ERF due before end of year.

Friday, June 12, 2015
So, I'm suddenly realising that the next round of the Emissions Reduction Fund is due before end of the year. The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) will give about 8 weeks notice.

BEFORE you can put a bid into the Auction YOU MUST have your project registered.

BUT - It takes time to decide which method you will use, decide on your 'activity' - emissions reductions or energy efficiency, use a technical person to estimate your carbon credits, fill in the paper work (that is not for the fainted hearted either) submit to the CER, and have it approved. Depending on the method this can take 3 months to organise!! Work back from a November/Dec ERF round and its imperative to get started now. Many millions of dollars at stake.

Where do you learn about this? - you know the answer! The conference is the ONLY gathering of all the experts. Ones with experience They have the knowledge you need.

I'm finalising the program now, but let me impress you with a few of my speakers.

Dr Thakur Bhattarai - Originally from Nepal is working with the Soil Carbon Methodology in CQ. He'll bring all the learnings to the conference, including costs of measurement.

Terry McCosker - Carbon Link - on the outcome of the First Round of the ERF for Soil Carbon - where to now?

Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO senior soil scientist - Where is the science headed on the soil carbon side of things?

The Clean Energy Regulator is the body charged with running the ERF - They will talk about the mechanics of the ERF - HOW to enter, When, etc. Ask how they determine the price of carbon!

Andrew Gunst - CEO of 'Carbon Intel' - Carbon Auditor and Advisor. He will talk about the audit Trail that is needed.

Matthew Warnken CEO of Corporate Carbon will take us through the method and the Steps to a Project. Corporate Carbon were successful in several of the bids into the first round of the Auction.

THE Field Day is equally replete with excellent things - Including an exciting NEW machine I've found. More on Monday.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries.
I'm on 02 6374 0329. AND Jan is on 02 6882 1425.

Onwards!

Louisa.

Question: What Stands About 5 foot nothing tall and has the energy of 10 men?

Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Good Morning All - The answer, of course is Jan Grady! She is the powerhouse behind this conference - or should I say two day education course with all the experts in one place! She wanted me to remind you that its only a few weeks to get registered, and also remind you of the following, very important aspects of the conference. So, here is a letter from Jan. (and as she reminds me of 'Aunty Jack' from the ABC series of the same name, I'd do as she says!)

"As you know" she begins "CARBON CREDITS are a hot topic of conversation with Farmers all over Australia.

"We know you are keen to learn how to access a share of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) $2.55 billion put on the table by the Federal Government.

"This is not Grant money. It has to be earnt…. and $250 million has already been distributed to the Land Sector through the 1st ERF Auction"!

The pathway to gaining this new income stream sounds complicated! But all will be explained by the expert Speakers and Exhibitors at the 8th National Carbon Farming Conference 7-10 July at Albury NSW.

"This conference is NO talk fest" says Jan " It is designed for delegates to be able to ACT on the information they receive - in time of the next round of the ERF! It keeps Landholders and their advisers and product providers up to date with the very latest information about CARBON TRADING. Louisa and Michael use their experience and knowledge to gather the most practical and expert speakers in Australia. 


"At the Carbon Farming Conference & Expo this year Delegates will learn about all the NEW METHODS available through the Governments DIRECT ACTION, hear case study presentations by early adopters who have earnt BIG DOLLARS to drought-proof their properties ….. and most importantly talk to the many Project Developers on hand who will guide Farmers through the process of deciding the Method/s they should use when registering for CARBON CREDITS". 

Earning CARBON CREDITS is no longer just about Soil and/or Trees. 

"In a Carbon Farming First" says Jan "Delegates will learn how A Whole of Farm Audit will identify multiple METHODS for Farmers to use eg Soil Carbon, Finishing Beef Earlier, Feed Supplement, Mobile Farm Machinery, Stationary Pumps, Trees (do not discount them - plant them, save them, use the GREEN ARMY program) … just to name a few!!

"There are now so many new opportunities for the Land Sector to earn CARBON CREDITS over the next 10 to 15 years and drought-proof their properties…BUT there also so many more competitors in this space….. including BIG companies who will gain access to the ERF by reducing their Emissions".

SO - TIME FOR FARMERS TO GET ORGANISES AND BUILD THEIR CARBON PLAN …. NOW!

"The 2nd ERF Auction is anticipated to be held later this year" she continues. "Farmers should be working closely with Project Developers or their local Landcare Group or other Natural Resource Management Groups, getting their advice, preparing their Projects and using group buying power to get the best deals".

Farmers and other Delegates should visit the National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo website and register ONLINE to attend

  • The 2 Day Conference
  • The Field Trip (See AMAZING NEW Carbon Farming Machinery)
  • Carbon Farming 101 Workshop (Back to Basics)
  • Carbon Cocky Awards Dinner
  • Advanced Industry Workshop
  • Transport Emissions Reduction Workshop.
You can register here ----- http://www.carbonfarmingconference.com.au

SEE SPECIAL RATES FOR FARMERS AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING GROUPS – saving them an extra $50 off their 2-day Conference ticket.

Local Land Services (LLS), Landcare, Catchment Management Authority (CMA) or other Natural Resource Management (NRM) Groups

"Louisa and I are really excited about the opportunities this year - don't miss out - this is the ONLY place to learn these things" she concludes.


As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries.
I'm on 02 6374 0329. AND Jan is on 02 6882 1425.

Onwards!

Louisa.

So HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS CARBON TRADING?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Good Morning!

So, we know something about the ‘methods’ now. How many you can benefit from. I’ll have a presentation on each with an expert at the conference.

But, HOW THE HECK do I do this? Well, let me show you.

Here’s an example: -

1. You choose your method (or methods) - Lets say 'transport method' to put in a project which will see you invest in improved efficiency equipment – from a stationary pump to new tractors.

2.You’ve researched the BEST and cheapest way to do this – perhaps new equipment, but perhaps a new piece of technology- (see some at the conference expo) - OR You’ve sourced the new stock lick and checked out the cost. -

3. You are working with a project developer, or your local landcare group or others to use buying power to get the best deal. You do the same with the tractor dealership.

4. You calculate the amount of abatement using the equations in the particular methods you’ve chosen - this is a specialized area and you need at least one ‘technical’ person in the team. -

5. You know you have sufficient ‘abatement’ to mount an ERF bid, and/or you may choose to save some carbon to sell elsewhere. -

6. You do the paperwork to apply for a project to the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) . - Once approved, your project goes on the Register of projects - and you are now free to bid your project into the ERF auction - At a price you have decided will be acceptable to you. -

7. If you are successful, you will sign a contract with the Government for delivery of your carbon at an agreed rate over an agreed time frame. - Now you know how much money you have, and when - and can go out and begin your project with confidence. - You’ve already got the best price from the tractor dealership in your preparations. - This can assist in any requirements to obtain other finance.

8. You are now in the position of knowing how much you will get and over how many years. What a great position to be in! Or to sell elsewhere.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries.
I'm on 02 6374 0329.

Onwards!

Louisa.

How can I earn a Carbon Credit - Let me count the ways!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
So, In the beginning, there was the 'CFI'  or Carbon Farming Initiative. Only the LAND  sector could earn carbon credits. Early adopters took this advantage, and dollars were earned.  $250 Million of them!  Where is your share of $2.55 billion? NOW, the monk  has been to the mountain,  and the 10 commandments of  Carbon Trading  contain many more opportunities.   "Thou shalt reduce emissions" has come down! 

One hitch to this - more opportunity in the Land Sector, but also more competitors.  Ok, lets leave Qantas out of this, and concentrate on what we can do.   

ONE  grazing  case study to day,  next one is cropping.   

Build your  on farm carbon plan now.   Here are some options.

Which ones suit you?   All will be explained at the conferenceScenario One:    Beef Cattle Grazier. 

Method 1
.  Soil Carbon. Earn carbon credit for storing carbon in soil.  3.4 Million Tonnes to be delivered over next 10 years. Government contracted. 

Method 2
.  Finish Beef Earlier -  If you get a beef unit off earlier, you are saving methane going up in the air -  you can earn a credit for this.     

Method 3.
  Feed Supplement - Do you feed urea blocks?   If so, we can change the block composition, and you can save methane  -  you can earn a credit for doing this too.    

Method 4.
  Mobile Farm Machinery .  Got some old machinery you’d really like to update, and need an incentive to do so?  Earn a carbon credit to do it.   Go in with 10 others and drive down the price at the dealership!  

Method 5.
  Stationary Pumps,  Sheds, Storage etc.   Same incentive to either  improve efficiency ,  or get new pumps.  Why not use the $20 K incentive in the Budget to help buy the new pump -  AND  earn a carbon credit.  BINGO, double whammy! 

Method 6
.  Don’t discount TREES -   plant them, save them.  More and different methods now out.  Better calculators.   Again, use the Governments   10 Million Tree program and GREEN  army program to lower the costs  AND earn a carbon credit.   Its all allowed. 


As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. 
I'm on 02 6374 0329. 

Onwards!

Louisa.  

COME ON, THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!

Monday, May 18, 2015
Good morning! Yes, I've got a 'bee in my bonnet' again.

Guess what I've heard recently in 'mad technology' land - MAN MADE photosynthesis from mechanical trees! They even acknowledge how hard it is! click here

WELL, SOILS and PLANTS COME FIRST. We can't feed the world without them.

The world's soils are depleted of carbon, and there is a carbon market to assist us do the job. But HOW?

WE all worked hard to get a soil carbon method - They said it would never happen.

NOW we must work equally hard to make it affordable. AND find ways to BEST improve the soil carbon AND be paid to do it.

We need to learn from the past - The science must be collaborative AND focused on Commercial Outcomes.

Dr Thakur Bhattarai is a soil scientist of Nepalese extraction. Using the approved soil carbon method (for trading), he is working hard in Queensland with Farmers to solve the cost issues and research ways to increase Soil carbon for profit and to save the soils.

At the National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo Thakur and leading carbon farmer Mick Alexander will be letting us know all about how this is happening. What are the results, where to next? Can we be part of a project for trading?

ALSO at the conference, we'll announce a public/private research initiative. BE part of the future, come to the and see how to engage. WE are at the cutting edge of solving the issues. What solutions do YOU see? WE'll have many on show at the EXPO.

AND Yes, Thakur is working hard to help those in his devastated village. We'll ask for some help for those in Nepal. More soon...........

Don't forget: Early Bird Registration Closes 18th May for conference.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329.

Onwards!

Louisa.