$10,000 in new grants for Tas farmers

$10,000 in grants for carbon farming

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The grants are part of $250,000 scheme available for carbon farming initiatives

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Agricultural producers active in carbon farming and developing carbon offsets will be eligible for cash rebates of up to $10,000 as part of a new grant scheme.

The Carbon Farming Advice Rebate pilot program will see $250,000 in applicable grants available for carbon farming initiatives, including farmers working in land care management and those seeking access to the carbon credit market.

Primary Industries and Water Minister Guy Barnett said farmers could apply for a rebate for professional advice relating to carbon credits, auditing requirements, and eligible on-ground actions.

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He said interest in carbon farming and carbon offset was growing as it offered farmers the chance to develop additional sources of income.

Mr Barnett said the new grant scheme would run in conjunction with the Landcare Action Grants Program, providing farmers with access to grant funding for on-ground works needed to access the carbon credit market.

Mr Barnett confirmed the grant process would be administered by Landcare Tasmania and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association with workshops being held to support farmers and produces who wanted to access the grants.

TFGA chief executive John McKew said workshops were a start, but more needed to be done so farmers understood the intricacies of carbon farming.

"It's just the beginning of what will need to be more work by the department and ourselves to help farmers understand the potential of these systems," he said.

The story $10,000 in new grants for Tas farmers first appeared on The Advocate.

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