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New Opportunities for Carbon Farming

02 May 2013

AUSTRALIA - Targeted new opportunities released today will help farmers and landholders access the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) with the announcement of phase two of the Extension and Outreach Program.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the guidelines for the second phase of Extension and Outreach had been updated to target key industries.

"The second phase of extension and outreach will target sugar and horticulture industries, as well as the commercial forestry and plantation timber industries," Minister Ludwig said.

"These are all sectors in agriculture that can reap the benefits of the Carbon Farming Initiative. By targeting this funding phase towards them it means they won't be left behind in the low carbon economy.

"The Carbon Farming Initiative is part of the Governments A$1.7 billion Land Sector Package. It builds on Australian agriculture’s strong foundation and prepares it for the future.

"The CFI is a win-win for Australian farmers, who can reduce their emissions, lower their costs and gain a second income stream under the program."

The Extension and Outreach Program funds programs to deliver clear, credible and consistent information and supports carbon farming activities by landholders and farmers.

“Applications are now sought for projects that deliver extension and outreach services to regions or industries.” Minister Ludwig said.

“Under the first phase, 24 projects shared in more than A$21 million. These were high quality applications and it was positive to see so many organisations looking to share the new opportunities carbon farming provides.

“We want this second phase to complement the projects already funded, by supporting extension services through providers like agri-advisers and agronomists."

Applications for the Extension and Outreach Program are open until April 2016, while funds remain.

To be included in the second assessment phase, applications are due 5pm AEST, 12 June 2013.

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