Workshop to demystify carbon trading for farmers

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A workshop being held in Minlaton on 2 February will give Yorke Peninsula farmers an opportunity to learn how they can benefit from the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund using existing native vegetation on their land.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke has invited Leonard Cohen of Canopy, Greening Australia, to deliver an informative workshop explaining how the carbon market works, eligibility for landholders, and how landholders can benefit from the scheme.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Ranger Rebecca Brown says the workshop will demystify the Emissions Reduction Fund and provide practical information on how landholders can effectively tap into the scheme.

"Managing native vegetation re-growth can often provide the best biodiversity outcome, as the outcome is not dependent on collecting seeds or undergoing revegetation," Ms Brown says.

"Natural Resources Northern and Yorke and Greening Australia are actively looking for new opportunities to provide a better way of managing native vegetation of benefit to landholders.

"We believe there are opportunities for the Yorke Peninsula farming community through the Emissions Reduction Fund."

At the workshop, Mr Cohen will address topics such as:

- What are carbon credits?

- What are carbon offsets?

- How do I make money from this process?

- How much money can I expect?

- What do I have to do?

- Do I have to find someone to buy my carbon credits?

- Does this really work?

- Why are we interested in re-growth?

- Why are Greening Australia, Natural Resources Centres and the Native Vegetation Management Unit involved?

A barbecue lunch will be provided on the day and Mr Cohen will be available to answer questions from the audience about carbon trading and how it applies specifically to them.

The workshop will be held at the YP Alkaline Soils Group office at 61-63 Main Street, Minlaton, on Tuesday, 2 February, 2016, from 9am-2.30pm.

For information and to book into the workshop, please ring the Natural Resource Centre on 8841 3444.

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