DINNER SPEAKER ANNOUNCED - THE HONOURABLE MP GREG HUNT
We are very pleased to announce that The Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders and Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage, has graciously agreed to speak at the dinner. His presentation, "Carbon Farming Initiative - the bipartisan view" will surely be a highlight of the event.
As we have reported, in order to take part in the Carbon Farming Initiative and earn "carbon credits", you need to follow an approved methodology. The first broadly applicable one is about planting a native forest. So, its time to get out in the paddock and "walk the talk".
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESSHaving spent the last 7 years working to see the eventuality of farmers being paid fairly for the carbon they grow, it is now time to work on our business model - ways we can work together with farmers and groups.
The most widely available method at the moment is the tree planting method - as we wait for the soil carbon and others to come on board. We feel it"s a good way to 'put a toe in the water" and are backing that up by doing it ourselves!
We will have two levels of involvement:
More on that next newsletter, but please feel free to contact me if either of these are of interest. We are ready when you are.
CONFERENCE UP DATE: CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE...I"ve got to admit that I love conference time! Sure, the stress of making it the "best ever" is always present, but so many great things seem to come out of the wood work!
Lets talk "innovation" in soil carbon measurement, for instance. Did you see the piece on ABC News the other day? A couple of strong messages here. Things are happening in the measurement of soil carbon - as such, Terry McCosker will bring to the conference the latest data in this new "soil carbon mapping" exercise outlined in the ABC piece. How does it relate to "baselining" our soil carbon?
Not just Terry McCosker is on this job however - Our esteemed colleague Dr Brian Murphy will also be on hand to talk about how he cut through the challenges of measuring soil carbon for the Lachlan Market Based Instrument project - and how this method is now going through the "peer review" system so it can be considered for a "baseline" method as well. I've also invited Dr Jeff Baldock to hear how his work relates to the baselining for soil carbon. Fingers crossed on that one. I have one or two "cards up my sleeve" on this as well.
If you know of anyone else with an innovation in soil carbon MEASUREMENT, please let me know!
Another big point in the article is the wonderful, the amazing, the incredible (drum roll)... 100 year rule.
Well, lets get this area out in the fresh air shall we? Lets talk about the 100 years!
So, I'm on the track of some speakers who will be able to shed some light on the pros and cons. Perhaps we could have CHOICE for farmers. More than one type of credit; long term and medium term?
Stay tuned, get your registrations in early and we'll get both sides of the story.
I am now so "tech savvy", and there is always so much happening in this space now, you can keep in touch by following me on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
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