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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Member for Dubbo and Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources Troy Grant has welcomed news that the State’s farmers stand to benefit from more than $10 million of funding secured for carbon farming projects by Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

"Many of our farmers have been through some particularly challenging times dealing with flood events and an extensive drought period, this funding provides a badly needed injection of financial assistance," said Mr Grant.

Funding from the Federal Government's Clean Energy Future program will cover five key research areas, including reducing methane emissions from both livestock and manure, reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soil, increasing soil carbon and improving modeling capability. Other projects will trial and demonstrate a range of technologies and innovative practices on farms.

In total, 15 projects have been confirmed under this new funding arrangement, including:
Genetic technologies to reduce methane emissions from beef cattle
Understanding the impact of grazing pressure changes on soil organic carbon in the semi-arid rangelands of western NSW
Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from the NSW dryland grains industry
Farm management practices in eastern Australia to increase soil carbon
Biochar stability and soil carbon stabilisation in different land uses
The effect of fertiliser breakdown on GHG emissions and efficiency in intensive  dairy pasture systems
Compost for carbon in agriculture.

"I'm delighted to see that this important work can now take place that will benefit our primary producers who make a significant contribution to our regional economy," said Mr Grant.  

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