Discussion about carbon farming has ramped up in recent weeks, with varying opinions on the opportunities for farmers.
News that NSW-based Wilmot Cattle Co had sold half a million dollars worth of carbon credits to tech giant Microsoft caused a buzz, as it was believed to be the first global carbon credit sale made by an Australian grazing outfit.
Earlier this month, the SA Pastoral Rangelands: Carbon Potential Report declared carbon farming had the potential to bring as much as $84 million in value to the SA pastoral region each year.
The report's analysis shows there are about 34 million hectares in the SA pastoral zone suitable to use the Human Induced Regeneration scheme - considered the best scheme for these landscapes.
Meanwhile, a policy paper by the Menzies Research Centre said the government could encourage more farmers to take advantage of carbon farming, helping both their bottom dollar and the nation's emission reduction goals, with a HECS-style loan.
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