Queensland recognized as a top carbon producing state | farm online


Fifth generation rancher Dan and his wife Emma-Jane Burnham on their property and project area in Stonehaven. Image: Provided

Queensland has been recognized as Australia’s top carbon-producing state, according to the first-ever national assessment and report conducted by the Carbon Market Institute.

Each state was ranked on how well it developed its terrestrial emissions offset markets, with Queensland scoring high at 80%.

Fifth-generation primary growers Dan and Emma-Jane Burnham are among Queensland growers developing balanced and sustainable ecosystems.

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Dan’s parents bought Stonehaven in 2004, then Dan and his wife bought the neighboring property, Glenroy, in 2008. The two properties are managed together as part of the Burnham Grazing business and can graze up to 1,000 cattle on the 2,430 hectares.

The Burnhams are diversifying their grazing business through their avoided land clearing project, funded by the first round of investment from the Land Restoration Fund (LRF).

“Before my parents bought Stonehaven, the first three years we were continuously grazing and we started to notice that a lot of land was overgrazed,” Mr Burnham said.

“We set it up in a more regenerative style and grazing and we really had the family support to change that grazing management and we noticed that our country was responding better to that.

“To diversify our business with carbon farming in the dry season, it allows us to reduce our stocking rate and in periods of low rainfall, we can lighten our beef cattle and continue to earn income from our land.”

Ms Burnham said they had seen significant changes at Stonehaven since investing in carbon dioxide capture and storage.

“It’s something we’re really proud of and hope to pass on to the next generation,” she said.

“We manage trees and vegetation, build healthy soils and increase our country’s biodiversity by managing the recovery time of our paddocks by allowing them to rest.”

“Our grass-fed and grass-finished beef cattle and our carbon biosequestration go hand in hand; both are part of our core business, which is regenerative grazing,” Burnham added.

The Burnhams Regenerative Production Project will conserve and regenerate 190 ha of native vegetation.

GreenCollar COO Nerida Bradley said LRF was a leading example of rewarding farmers for the benefits generated by carbon farming projects.

“The projects we are developing under the LRF program are among the first to tangibly demonstrate the value of biodiversity improvements alongside carbon reduction and sequestration,” she said.

State Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Queensland’s leading position in the first carbon production scorecard was a testament to the Palaszczuk government’s strong policy initiatives and ongoing partnerships with main stakeholders.

“The Palaszczuk government is providing a record $1.4 billion to protect the environment, create thousands more jobs and implement an economic recovery plan through emerging industries like carbon farming,” said said Ms. Scanlon.

“The Carbon Market Institute ranked each state on how well it develops its terrestrial emissions offset markets, with Queensland scoring high at 80 per cent.”

Ms Scanlon said one example was the planting of 153,000 trees along the Wivenhoe Dam via the LRF, revegetating 170 hectares of land and supporting 26 jobs.

“The LRF was the first program in Australia to value and pay for the strong co-benefits associated with carbon generation projects,” she said.

“This means landowners in Queensland are not only paid for the carbon they store, but will also benefit from longer-term outcomes such as healthier waterways, increased habitat for endangered species and better landscapes. resilient.

“Farmers, First Nations people and other landowners are vital to the success of the state’s carbon farming industry, and the LRF is working to empower more Queenslanders to involve in carbon farming and other environmental markets.

“The Palaszczuk Government has invested in programs that provide a practical resource to help Queensland farmers take the first step towards carbon project development, including LRF’s Carbon Farming Rebate Program which offered landowners up to $10,000 to receive carbon farming advice from licensed professionals.”

Ben Harder

Based in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Contact: 0437528907

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