Agriculture Warned of Carbon Cost; Workshop Addresses Future Impact of Carbon Reduction Scheme

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SOUTHERN DOWNS graziers will be hit with cost increases under a carbon economy, according to AgForce projects principal officer Graeme Bell.

The impact of a carbon economy will be discussed in a series of workshops across the regionto help farmers calculate their carbon footprint.

The Carbon on Farm workshops run by Mr Bell and Growcom's climate change project officer Dave Putland, and funded from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country, will outline how the carbon economy will affect agriculture.

Participants in the workshop will be presented with Australia Farm Institute figures predicting graziers profits could decrease substantially if included in a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

"The overall cost for producers will vary dramatically from property to property," Mr Bell said.

"I hope these new workshops will assist producers to calculate their carbon footprint and therefore anticipate any cost increases under a carbon economy."

By 2030 south-east Queensland's temperature is expected to be one degree higher with lower rainfall and frosts, causing heat stress to animals and crops.

The few advantages for farmers under a carbon economy will also be explained in the workshop through potential carbon credits from forestry and carbon sequestration. …