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How easy is it to cut carbon?

Typically, most farms can attain the first 10 to 15 per cent of carbon reduction with changes in practices, such as growing more legumes, sampling manures and soils to reduce fertiliser use, or implementing paddock grazing, according to Julian Bell, Principal Consultant at SAC Consulting, who's team developed the carbon footprinting tool Agrecalc.

Julian said: “The next level of 10 to 15 per cent improvement should be feasible from more significant investments such as new machinery or systems’ changes”.  One of the questions consistently asked when talking about carbon footprinting is how much is stored in soils and grasslands on the farm?  Now we can have a good go at answering that question through a new feature that is being trialled within the carbon footprinting tool Agrecalc.

For more information on carbon footprinting, and to access the Agrecalc ’farmers free pass’, visit www.agrecalc.com