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We help farmers navigate soil carbon projects.

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What is a soil carbon project?

A soil carbon project is when you change the way you manage your cropping or grazing system to increase the amount of carbon stored in your soil.

 

By building carbon in your soil, you are subsequently removing it from the atmosphere. This process is called soil carbon sequestration and you can earn Australian carbon credits for measuring your increase in soil carbon. Getting more carbon flowing in the system increases productivity, enhances soil health, builds drought resilience, and improves the health of your land. It also boosts a farm’s bottom-line and opens up gateways to achieving carbon neutrality.

Our DIY Carbon Farming Toolkit

When provided the right tools for their arsenal, we believe that landowners can successfully manage their own soil carbon projects.

Under the DIY model, we are a remote team that provides long-term support and services for the life cycle of a carbon project. We train landowners or farm management teams and make sure that they’ve dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s required to manage a successful soil carbon project.

 

Our services, in a nutshell, will include:

  • Long term technical support and advice for the life of a project.
  • Software that automates the processes and lays a carbon project out into a simple step-by-step process
  • Training, guidebooks, templates and learning resources to set the carbon crops up for success.
  • Connection to trusted funding and trading opportunities, via partners.
  • We also draw upon a network of vetted sub-contractors and delivery partners, who can help on-the-ground

How do you increase carbon in soil?

There are several activities that can potentially increase carbon in your soil (however, every farm is different).

A soil carbon project will require you to implement one or more new or materially different land management activities. These include:

  • Application of nutrients or minerals to address a material deficiency in the soil (e.g., fertiliser)
  • Undertaking new irrigation
  • Re-establishing or rejuvenating pasture
  • Changing from a cropping or bare fallow to a pasture-based system
  • Improving grazing management
  • Reducing tillage or retaining stubble in cropping systems
  • Mechanical landscape modifications (such as water capture, clay delving or compaction intervention)
  • Integration of cover crops or legumes into rotations

What are the benefits of a soil carbon project?

Getting carbon running through an existing farming system can regenerate and improve soil function. This can result in increased farm productivity and other benefits including:

  • Higher plant yields and productivity
  • Improved nutrient retention and cycling
  • Increased water-holding capacity
  • Better soil structure, stability, and biological activity
  • The degradation of pollutants.

The cherry on top is that by increasing the carbon levels in your soil, you can accrue soil carbon credits and profit from adopting these land management practices which improve the health of your farm.

First things first…Let’s check your land is eligible

We’ve made it easy to check if you’re land is eligible and that you can fulfil the practical obligations of a soil carbon project with our Soil Carbon Eligibility Checklist!

Your next steps...

You can order a soil carbon feasibility report to understand the full financial and practical considerations of undertaking a carbon project on your farm.  We will soon be kicking off fortnightly Q&A webinars where we will answer all your burning questions about soil carbon projects.

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Let’s See a Soil Carbon Farming Project in Action

2,000 Hectare Soil Carbon project in the Great Southern region of WA

Project Strategy: 

Planned stubble retention, no till practices, multi-species perennials, rotational grazing and the application of nutrients across 25 years over a 9,700 Hectare property.

 

Project Goals:

Increase soil organic carbon by 0.29% across project lifetime, drawing down 82.5 tonnes of carbon per Ha.

 

DIY Opportunity: 

To reduce costs, the landowner will write their own Land Management Strategy using CFF template, coordinate the project and keep detailed project records to limit consultant site visits.

Results for Landowner

Average carbon price over 25 years​** $30 Spot Price $50 Spot Price
Landowner carbon units over 25 years*
400,740
400,740
Gross profit at 25 years​​
$11M 
$19M
Gross profit per hectare per annum, over 25 years​​
$222 
$382 
Gross profit per hectare per annum, over 25 years​​
$2.28 
$2.28 
Upfront cost
$159k
$159k
Additional lifetime costs
$780k
$780k

* Factors in 100 credits per year + 2.5% of credits to CFF, and is based on soil carbon sampling. If soil tests aren’t available then regional data is used to estimate soil carbon levels. 
**See www.accus.com.au to make your own price assumptions.