Up to $775 000 is available for projects that reduce methane emissions from livestock or increase carbon sequestration in soil.

Action on the Ground

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Action on the Ground assists farmers and land managers to undertake on-farm trials of abatement technologies, practices and management strategies to measure and demonstrate how these can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions of methane and nitrous oxide or increase the sequestration of carbon in soil while maintaining farm productivity.

Action on the Ground is an ongoing component of the Carbon Farming Futures Program which is currently providing grant funding to farmers and land managers over the six years to June 2017.

 

Round 2

30 recipients share in $19.1 M to trial a range of on-farm technologies and practices that store carbon, reduce or mitigate emissions of nitrous oxide and methane and improve farm productivity.

Succesful recipients include:

  • University of New England ($638,948) – This project will trial and demonstrate a practical system for estimating beef cattle pasture intake and feed efficiency (or ‘residual feed intake’—a genetic trait with potential for reducing methane emissions). Pasture intake will be included in an index to select retained stud heifers, and their methane emissions compared to unselected heifers, and those selected with standard breed plan indexes.
  • Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers Ltd ($639,639) – This project is trialling and demonstrating the use of nitrification inhibitors to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from a range of horticulture production systems in southern Queensland and southern Victoria.
  • Kilter Pty Ltd ($399,455) – The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through adoption of dry land grazing practices and improved management of native vegetation in the Torrumbarry Irrigation District, Victoria.

See more below.

Objectives

The objectives of Action on the Ground are to assist farmers and land managers undertake on-farm trials of emissions abatement technologies, practices and management strategies.

It is an ongoing program, investing $99 million (GST Exclusive) from 2011 to 2017 to:

  • trial on-farm abatement technologies, practices and management strategies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) or sequester carbon in soil while maintaining or enhancing productivity
  • measure and demonstrate how emissions abatement technologies or changes in practices or management strategies can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions or sequester atmospheric carbon in soil
  • promote collaboration between farmers and land managers, researchers, industry, government and non-government organisations—to develop and realise opportunities for improved management of, and reductions in, greenhouse gas emission from Australian farms.

 

Funding

The maximum amount of Commonwealth grant funds that may be applied for in an application is $775 000 (GST Exclusive) over the four financial years to 30 April 2017. Program funding of up to $280 000 (GST Exclusive) may be allowed in 2013–14 (i.e. the first financial year of the project), up to $190 000 (GST Exclusive) in 2014–15, up to $170 000 (GST Exclusive) in 2015–16, and up to $135 000 (GST Exclusive) in 2016–17.

Applicants or project partner are required to provide contributions. Contributions must be directly related to the eligible costs of delivering the activities of the project and can include salaries of staff for the time they are directly involved. Contributions should be listed as part of the project budget in the application. The level of contributions offered will be taken in to account when assessing an application’s value for money.

 

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include abatement technologies, practices and management strategies that address the Action on the Ground purpose and priorities (Section 2—Objectives; Section 3—Priorities for round two of Action on the Ground) through on-farm projects that are designed to trial, measure and report on how the adoption of abatement technologies, practices and management strategies can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Project activities could include but are not limited to:

  • animal management and strategic feeding strategies, including the use of dietary supplements to reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals
  • improved on-farm management of animal wastes (manure and urine) to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions management strategies that can reduce or avoid nitrous oxide emissions associated with the use of nitrogen fertiliser, including the use of breakdown inhibitors
  • changes to land use that are designed to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in soil, including conversion of cropping land to pasture, cropping on pastures, change in pasture species through addition of perennial species or legumes to reduce nitrogen fertiliser applications
  • changes to crop production systems, including crop rotations incorporating legumes, reduced fallows, precision fertiliser management and improved soil moisture management in irrigated production systems to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon stored in soil
  • on-farm abatement technologies, practices and management strategies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) from agricultural and animal wastes.

 

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

 

Timing

Applications for round three is TBA.

 

More Information

 

Round 2 Recipients

30 recipients share in $19.1 M to trial a range of on-farm technologies and practices that store carbon, reduce or mitigate emissions of nitrous oxide and methane and improve farm productivity.

Nitrogen management to mitigate nitrous oxide emissions in sugarcane—a high input industry — New South Wales Farming Systems Group Incorporated

Funding up to: $737,904

This project will trial new nitrogen fertiliser application technologies, including high pressure nitrogen injection and slow-release nitrogen, to measure and demonstrate their potential for reducing nitrous oxide emissions in the NSW sugarcane industry.

Determining optimum nitrogen strategies for abatement of emissions for different irrigated cotton systems — Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Funding up to: $769,535

This project will trial and demonstrate nitrogen fertiliser management strategies—including variable rate fertiliser applications, rotational cropping with legumes and matching fertiliser rates to crop demands—to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated cotton systems in central Queensland and north west NSW.

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