Action on the Ground

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.

Reduction of methane emissions by including pasture intake in breeding and selection programs — University of New England

Funding up to: $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.

Management strategies for improved productivity and reduced nitrous oxide emissions — Foundation for Arable Research Australia Limited

Funding up to: $775,000

This project will trial and demonstrate strategies for optimising nitrogen use efficiency and reducing nitrous oxide emissions in broadacre cropping systems in South Australia, Victoria and NSW, through the use of precision farming tools, nitrification inhibitors and legumes in crop rotations.

Transitioning to resilient perennial pasture systems to abate greenhouse gases and sequester carbon — Ternes Agricultural Consulting Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $775,000

This project will trial and demonstrate the use of perennial legumes and forage shrubs in sheep production systems in southeast Victoria to reduce methane emissions and to increase the sequestration of carbon in soil.

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions in sub-tropical plantation crops using inter-row legumes — Southern Cross University

Funding up to: $476,204

This project will trial and demonstrate the use of inter-row legume crops as a nitrogen fertiliser alternative in three subtropical production systems—avocado, tea tree and coffee—to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from soils.

Managing fallow cover crops to improve soil fertility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions — Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (Inc)

Funding up to: $615,000

This project will trial and demonstrate the use of short duration summer cover crops (including tropical legumes and C4 grasses) to reduce nitrous oxide emissions in Western Australian wheat production systems.

The fruit salad project: soil amendments in fertigated melons, blueberries and banana production — Australian Melon Association Inc.

Funding up to: $703,459

This project will trial and demonstrate the use of soil amendments, including biochar and compost, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and sequester carbon in soil on commercial melon, banana and blueberry farms in northern NSW and southern Queensland.

Reducing methane emissions from improved forage quality on mixed farms — Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation Inc

Funding up to: $664,402

This project aims to reduce methane emissions from sheep by trialling and demonstrating the use of alternative pasture and forage crops to improve feed quality in late spring, autumn and early winter in southern Australian livestock production systems.

Methane reduction from beef cattle in southern Australia — University of Adelaide

Funding up to: $773,500

This project is trialling methane-inhibiting feed supplements, including grape marc, lucerne by-products and canola oil, during times of feed shortage and low feed digestibility to reduce methane emissions from beef cattle in southern Australia. The project will also demonstrate the relationship between feed quality, methane emissions and growth performance of calves.

Evaluating soil carbon sequestration from sub-soil amelioration trials — Southern Farming Systems

Funding up to: $282,000

This project is trialling and demonstrating the sub-surface placement of manures at various depths to increase soil carbon sequestration and enhance crop productivity in southern Australia.

Nitrogen fertiliser management strategies for emerging plant industries in northern Australia — Northern Territory Farmers Association Incorporated

Funding up to: $771,578

This project will trial and demonstrate a range of nitrogen fertiliser management practices, including the use of enhanced efficiency fertilisers, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane, irrigated fodder, mango and banana crops in the Ord River region of Western Australia.

Short retention time effluent management — DairyTas Board Incorporated

Funding up to: $632,000

This project is trialling and demonstrating alternative dairy effluent management strategies, based around reduced effluent retention times, to reduce methane emissions from dairy production systems in southern Australia.

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from intensive crop production in the Ord River Irrigation Area — Living Farm Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $258,600

This project is trialling and demonstrating improved irrigation management practices and nitrification inhibitors to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from commercial horticultural production systems in Western Australia’s Ord River region.

Croppers in the Burnett trial soil amendments and pulse rotations to reduce nitrous oxide emissions — Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural resource Management

Funding up to: $772,290

This project is trialling the use of legume crop rotations and composts to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase productivity on degraded cropping lands in Queensland’s western Burnett region.

Nitrous oxide emissions reductions from controlled traffic farming — Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association

Funding up to: $733,307

This project is trialling and demonstrating controlled field traffic practices that can reduce nitrous oxide emissions from commercial grain production systems in southern Queensland and western Victoria.

Building soil carbon in cropping systems and impact on greenhouse gas emissions using cattle feedlot compost — Western Australia Lot Feeders Association Inc

Funding up to: $649,022

This project is trialling and demonstrating the application of composted feedlot manure, as an alternative to synthetic nitrogen fertilisers, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase the sequestration of soil carbon in commercial cropping and pasture enterprises in southern Western Australia.

Reducing on-farm nitrous oxide emissions through improved nitrogen use efficiency in grains — North Central Catchment Management Authority

Funding up to: $754,000

This project is trialling and demonstrating strategies that will improve nitrogen fertiliser decision support tools for Victorian irrigated cropping systems, enabling fertiliser applications to be better tailored to crop needs and reducing nitrous oxide emissions.

Validation of greenhouse gas reduction methods in tropical perennial cropping systems across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia — Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd

Funding up to: $771,200

This project is trialling and demonstrating farm practices, including the use of precision agriculture, ground covers and nitrification inhibitors, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase soil carbon in banana and mango cropping systems in north Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Increasing soil carbon stocks on lighter soils in the northern Wimmera — Wimmera Catchment Authority

Funding up to: $271,381

This project is trialling and demonstrating practices, including the use of organic amendments and claying modifications, to increase soil carbon sequestration on grazing/cropping properties in Victoria’s northern Wimmera region.

Using nitrification inhibitors to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases in sub-tropical horticulture — Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers Ltd

Funding up to: $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.

Improving subsoil constraints through innovative amelioration to sequester carbon on Eyre Peninsula — Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board

Funding up to: $746,030

This project is trialling and demonstrating a range of soil modification practices to increase soil carbon sequestration, including the sub-surface incorporation of gypsum, lime, clay and organic matter, on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

Improving the growth rate of backgrounding cattle by controlled supplementary feeding — Feedlot Services Australia Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $555,148

This project is trialling the use of grain/cottonseed supplements for pasture-reared cattle, prior to feedlot entry, to reduce methane emissions by increasing growth rates and reducing the time for animals to reach market weight.

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from Western Australian grain cropping by matching fertiliser inputs to yield potential — Precision Agronomics Australia Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $208,420
This project is trialling and demonstrating the use of precision agriculture technology (including the use of yield prediction modelling) to reduce nitrous oxide emissions by better matching nitrogen fertiliser requirements to crop demands, in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.

Using grape marc as a feed additive in commercial settings — The Australian Wine Research Institute

Funding up to: $640,000

This project is trialling and demonstrating the use of grape marc feed additives, produced under a range of processing and storage conditions, to reduce methane emissions from livestock.

Managing dairy cow spatial movements to reduce nitrous oxide emissions by uniformly distributing nitrogen in paddocks — Queensland University of Technology

Funding up to: $766,946

This project is trialling and demonstrating cattle management practices that encourage excreta deposition on pastures, rather than on non-productive areas such as laneways, riparian zones and cattle camps, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase pasture yields.

Are nitrification inhibitors an economical choice to reduce nitrous oxide emissions under real farm scenarios? — Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited

Funding up to: $769,261

This project is trialling and demonstrating the use of nitrification inhibitors to reduce on-farm nitrous oxide emissions, and to determine if application costs are balanced by yield increases across two different farming systems (dairy pasture, broadacre cropping) in northeast Victoria.

Developing sugar cane-legume companion cropping systems to minimise nitrous oxide emissions — University of Queensland

Funding up to: $689,300

This project is trialling and demonstrating the use of legumes as a companion crop to sugarcane, to partially replace synthetic nitrogen fertiliser requirements and reduce nitrous oxide emissions in Queensland sugarcane production systems.

Capitalising on perennial forages suited to the Western Australian south coast to reduce methane emissions intensity — South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc

Funding up to: $556,648

This project will trial and demonstrate a variety of perennial grazing systems, in southern Western Australia, that can reduce livestock methane emissions by increasing animal growth rates and reducing the time for animals to reach market weight.

Rice stubble, fertiliser and water management options to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and build soil carbon — Ricegrowers Association of Australia

Funding up to: $697,514

This project will trial and demonstrate management practices, including alternative irrigation and stubble management strategies, to reduce nitrous oxide and methane emissions in temperate rice production systems. Nitrification inhibitors will also be trialled in subtropical rice systems to assess their potential to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

Round 1 Recipients

59 recipients share in $25.2 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.

Shrubs for emissions reduction and carbon storage — Mingenew-Irwin Group

Funding up to: $527,185 ex GST

This project aims to reduce methane emissions from livestock by using mixed perennial native shrub species, known to have antimethanogenic properties, as forage and to increase soil carbon at trial sites across a range of soil types and climatic conditions.

Mitigating greenhouse gases with nitrification inhibitors and biochar in fallows — University of Western Australia

Funding up to: $472,816 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of fallow management, including the addition of biochar and the use of nitrification inhibitors at the time of fertiliser applications to increase soil carbon sequestration and reduce nitrous oxide emission on farms across the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Best management practices of carbon management on Northern Rivers farms — Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Funding up to: $548,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating multiple practices in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, across a suite of farming systems — dairy, beef and horticulture, to increase soil carbon sequestration and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.

Using tea tree residues and legumes to develop a low-emission tea tree industry — Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Funding amount: $307,273 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating on-farm use of pyrolysed tea tree leaf waste as mulch and using legume cover crops to reduce fertiliser demand to increase soil carbon sequestration and reduce nitrous emissions in the principal tea tree growing region of northern New South Wales.

Informed carbon strategies on mixed farms: Practices and carbon compared — Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funding up to: $547,727 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices on mix cropping/grazing farms in Queensland covering a range of soil and climatic conditions to increase soil carbon sequestration and reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

The ‘economies’ of managing soil organic carbon — Department of Agriculture and Food

Funding up to: $549,845 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating the economics of management practices and innovative strategies to increase soil carbon sequestration on farms across the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Evaluation of soil ameliorates with strong potential to reduce nitrous oxide emissions – Perth Region National Resource Management Incorporated

Funding up to: $357,273 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating soil ameliorates to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from a range of horticulture production systems in Western Australia.

Improved nitrogen efficiency across biophysical regions of the Eyre Peninsula — Eyre Peninsula National Resource Management Board

Funding up to: $322,295 ex GST

The project is trialling rotational cropping practices, including the use of legumes and strategic management of nitrous fertilisers to reduce nitrous oxide emissions across from cropping/pasture systems on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

Livestock and pasture case studies to demonstrate greenhouse gas abatement — Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Funding up to: $215,486 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions associated with livestock production systems in South Australia.

Farmers leading and learning about the soil carbon frontier — Crop Facts Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to increase soil carbon sequestration for cropping and grazing farm systems in the wheat/sheep zones of South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Precision placement of carbon amendments in no-tillage cropping systems — Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association Incorporated

Funding up to: $377,273 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through direct addition of manure/compost pellets into crop rows during sowing in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Perennial pasture management systems for soil carbon stocks in cereal zones — Upper North Farming Systems

Funding up to: $549,682 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through use of perennial pastures and strategic grazing of pastures across the mid northern and eastern Eyre Peninsula cereal zones in South Australia.

Soil carbon sequestration through landscape function improvement — Stipa Native Grasses Association Incorporated

Funding up to: $309,637 ex GST

The project will trial practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through strategic grazing and pasture cropping across a range of soil types and climatic conditions in New South Wales and Victoria.

Increased nitrogen use efficiency by cropping farmers in South Victoria and Tasmania — Southern Farming Systems Limited

Funding up to: $540,909 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to reduce nitrous oxide emission by improved fertiliser management for cropping systems in the high rainfall zones of Victoria and Tasmania.

Gippsland Plains soil carbon trials — Productivity and climate change responses — Yarram Yarram Landcare Network

Funding up to: $428,455 ex GST

The project will trial improve rotational grazing management practices associated with pasture improvement through the inclusion of drought tolerant perennial pasture species to increase sequestration of soil carbon on the Gippsland Plains, Victoria.

Increasing soil carbon storage in extensive grazing systems in temperate regions — University of Tasmania

Funding up to: $430,942 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate improved grazing management strategies on native and semi native pastures to improve pasture cover and increase sequestration of soil carbon in Tasmania.

Increasing soil carbon in Tweed Valley farmland — Tweed Shire Council

Funding up to: $533,182 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through application of soil amendments; composts/biochar, manures and legume cover crops in the Tweed Shire area, New South Wales.

Decreasing dairy farm greenhouse gas emissions and building soil carbon — Monash University

Funding up to: $546,715 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate practices to reduce greenhouse gas emission from dairy farms by using animal effluents on-farm as compost to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce fertiliser inputs to pasture on dairy farms in southwest Victoria.

Antimethogenic stockfeed via Eremophylla pellets — South Australian No-Till Farmers Association Incorporated

Funding up to: $390,909 ex GST

The project will trial and demonstrate Eremophylla as a forage/feed supplement to reduce methane emissions from livestock in South Australia.

Increased soil carbon by accelerated humus formation from crop residues — Riverine Plains Incorporated

Funding up to: $492,727 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon by accelerated decomposition and incorporation in soil of cereal crop residues in south eastern Australia.

Innovative carbon storage and nitrogen management strategies in the Western Australian Wheatbelt — The Lieb Group Incorporated

Funding up to: $519,200 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous fertiliser use in associated cropping and grazing in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Rapid post-weaning growth of steers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — The University of Adelaide

Funding up to: $231,818 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce livestock methane emission by rapid post weaning of steers in feedlots in Meningie, South Australia.

Monaro farm management strategies and their effects on soil carbon — Monaro Farming Systems Incorporated

Funding up to: $251,808 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of integrated cropping and grazing practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon in the Monaro district, New South Wales.

Improving nitrogen use efficiency using precision farming technology — Southern Farming Systems Limited

Funding up to: $321,045 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating precision agriculture techniques to reduce nitrous oxide emission by improved fertiliser management for cropping systems in high rainfall zones of Victoria and Tasmania.

Lowering nitrous oxide emissions in intensively grazed pasture systems — Western Dairy Incorporated

Funding up to: $343,182 ex GST

The project is trialling ‘smart-N technology’ to variably control application of liquid fertiliser and nitrification inhibitors to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from intensively managed dairy pasture systems in Western Australia and Tasmania.

Horticulture: taking action to capture carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emissions — Applied Horticulture Research Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $394,000 ex GST

The project is trialling minimum tillage practices, including control traffic and use of mulches, to reduce nitrous oxide emission and increase sequestration of soil carbon during the production of vegetable crops in New South Wales.

Compost for carbon in agriculture — Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services

Funding up to: $549,383 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon through the addition of different types of compost in pasture systems in New South Wales.

Increasing soil carbon in degraded cropping and grazing land — Condamine Catchment Natural Resource Management Corporation Limited

Funding up to: $539,432 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon in degraded cropping and grazing lands in the Condamine catchment, Queensland.

Improving soil fertiliser irrigation management for South East Queensland Ginger Production — Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funding up to: $482,436 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating improved nitrous fertiliser management practices in combination with legume cover crops to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase sequestration of soil carbon in association with cultivation of ginger in southeast Queensland.

Enabling landholders to adopt profitable & sustainable carbon cropping practices — Charles Sturt University

Funding up to: $543,636 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating cropping and nitrogen fertiliser management practices to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase sequestration of soil carbon in association with no/minimum tillage cropping in New South Wales and Victoria.

Early finishing of lambs in on-farm feedlots to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — Birchip Cropping Group Incorporated

Funding up to: $232,385 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce methane emission by early finishing of dry land lambs in on-farm feedlots in the Mallee, Victoria.

Empowering farmers to adopt behaviour change in a carbon economy — South Coast Natural Resource Management Incorporated

Funding up to: $487,685 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of intermixes of perennial pastures and cropping practices, including the use of soil amendments to increase sequestration of soil carbon in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Nitrous oxide reduction and soil carbon increase in tropical fruit tree crops — Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Limited

Funding up to: $420,254 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating soil amendments to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase sequestration of soil carbon in association with cultivation of tropical fruit tree crops in northern Queensland.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved nitrogen management on NT farms — Northern Territory Government

Funding up to: $548,303 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce nitrous oxide emissions associated with horticultural and cropping industries in Northern Australia.

Improved cattle grazing practices to reduce methane and benefit soil carbon — B Adams & D.D Curr

Funding up to: $534,364 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce methane emission from livestock and increase sequestered soil carbon through improved feeding of cattle using feed supplements and improved savannah pasture management at Springvale Station, Queensland.

Northern grazing carbon farming – integrating production and GHG outcomes 1 — Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funding up to: $549,909 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce methane emission from livestock and increase sequestered soil carbon through improved management of forage for cattle and savannah pastures Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Greenhouse gas abatement in viticulture — The Australian Wine Research Institute

Funding up to: $548,046 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating different vineyard floor management practices to reduce nitrous emission and increase sequestration of soil carbon in five winegrape growing regions, across Australia covering a range of soil types and climatic conditions.

Grazing into the future: building soil health and carbon with pasture management — University of Western Australia

Funding up to: $291,545 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating the use of perennial pasture and intensive cell grazing to increase sequestration of soil carbon in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Sequestering soil carbon in an irrigated landscape turned dry ecological grazing — Kilter Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $399,455 ex GST

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.

Impact of farming systems on soil carbon and health in a dry cropping zone — Central West Farming Systems Incorporated

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon in the dry land cropping zone of central New South Wales.

The clean energy benefits of tropical agricultural management systems — Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Limited

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices across a range of tropical intensive farming systems in north Queensland to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emission through improved use of nitrogen fertilisers.

Dietary nitrate reduces methane emissions from beef cattle — The University of New England

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating the use of dietary nitrate to reduce methane emissions from beef cattle in Northern Australia.

Soil carbon in commercial cropping systems: Science to best agronomic practice — NSW Farmers Association

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of cropping practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emission at farm sites across the cropping zone in New South Wales.

Organic amendments to increase carbon in cropping soils — Southern Farming Systems Limited

Funding up to: $353,488 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestered soil carbon through addition of soil amendments in the Gippsland cropping region, Victoria.

Grazing land rehabilitation to increase soil carbon storage in north-west Queensland — Southern Gulf Catchments Limited

Funding up to: $550,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to improve/rehabilitate degraded pastures to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emission across the cropping zone in the Southern Gulf region, north west Queensland.

The potential of pyrethrum marc as a soil amendment for enhancing carbon storage — Botanical Resources Australia-Agricultural Services Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $234,183 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emission by using composted pyrethrum marc as a soil amendment to reduce nitrous fertiliser inputs associated with cropping practices in Tasmania.

Demonstration of innovative methane capture and nutrient stripping algae system — Zero Discharge Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $468,058 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating on-farm technology in Victoria to directly reduce agricultural gas emissions from livestock effluents by using algae to capture nutrients wastes that can be used as soil amendments reducing on-farm fertiliser demand.

Nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated cropping – Victorian Irrigated Cropping Council Incorporated

Funding up to: $187,500 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce nitrous emission by improved management of nitrous fertiliser applications in association with irrigated cropping in the Northern Victoria and Southern New South Wales irrigation districts.

Northern grazing carbon farming – integrating production and GHG outcomes 2 — Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funding up to: $540,273 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating a range of practices to reduce methane emission from beef cattle and increase sequestered soil carbon through; reduce stocking rates, improve herd productivity and improved grazing/forage/savannah pasture management in northern Australian rangelands.

Cropping with compost for increasing carbon stored in soil — Wimmera Catchment Authority

Funding up to: $270,691 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon by using composted as a soil amendment to reduce nitrous fertiliser inputs associated with cropping practices in the Wimmera, Victoria.

Increasing soil carbon storage in New South Wales coastal grazing lands — Singleton Shire Landcare Network Incorporated

Funding up to: $212,991 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon though the use of cell grazing and soil amendment on coastal grazing lands in Singleton Shire, New South Wales.

Innovative biological farming systems — B.B Maurice and R.T Maurice

Funding up to: $479,855 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating the use of biological soil amendments in conjunction with improved pasture and minimum tillage cropping practices to reduce nitrous oxide emission and increase sequestration of soil carbon in central New South Wales.

Aqua-Till — N-Injection – South Australian No-Till Farmers Association

Funding up to: $185,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating technology to reduce nitrous emission by direct injection of fertiliser below ground at time of sowing for summer corn and winter wheat crops in northern New South Wales and lower northern South Australia.

Improved fertiliser and soil management in South East Queensland intensive horticulture — Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Funding up to: $517,273 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating reduce tillage practices, use of legume fallow crops and soil organic amendments to reduce nitrous emission and increase sequestration of soil carbon in association with the production of strawberries and pineapples in Queensland.

Improved rotations and fertiliser decisions to decrease nitrous oxide losses — Wimmera Catchment Authority

Funding up to: $321,880 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating the inclusion of legumes in crop rotations to reduce fertiliser inputs and reduce nitrous oxide emission of grain growers in Victoria.

Efficient grain production compared with nitrous oxide emission — Birchip Cropping Group Incorporated

Funding up to: $455,663 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices to reduce nitrous oxide emission from grains production through variable rate nitrous fertiliser applications and cropping rotations in southern Australia.

Enhanced compost trials on cane and tree crops on the Sunshine Coast — South East Queensland Catchments Limited

Funding up to: $394,000 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating compost soil amendments to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and increase sequestration of soil carbon in association with cultivation of sugar cane and horticultural crops in Queensland.

Managing soil carbon and nitrogen in Kikuyu pastures in the Fitzgerald Biosphere — Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Limited

Funding up to: $420,908 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating improving Kikuyu pastures by inter sowing with legumes to increase sequestration of soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emission by reducing nitrogen fertiliser inputs in the Fitzgerald biosphere region, Western Australia.

Using distribution of organic carbon as a basis for reducing nitrogen application rates — Farmacist Pty Ltd

Funding up to: $152,173 ex GST

The project is trialling and demonstrating practices and technologies to precision manage the variable application of nitrous fertiliser to reduce nitrous oxide emissions associated with the production sugar cane in the Mackay region, Queensland.

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