Benefits for farmers
At FCCT we firmly believe that Carbon Farming is the best way for farmers to reduce carbon emissions, improve soils, manage water better, produce better quality food, and ensure better farm profitability. Sounds like it's too good to be true? Not really, but the path to get there may not be a quick or easy one.
The basis of Carbon Farming is managing soils to the best of your ability as a farmer, by increasing organic matter content, reducing cultivations, managing livestock levels, enhancing biodiversity (above and below ground), and getting the farm ecosystem working better. There's nothing mystical or high-tech about it, and it can work on any farm at any scale.
What is more challenging is how to turn a farm that is much more input-reliant in to a holistic Carbon Farm. Or indeed to get a farm that has good intentions to making the practical changes to Carbon Farming.
The key here is that farmers need both confidence and support to make necessary changes. They need to see tried and tested techniques, and know what impact management changes will have. This project can give advice and support to thousands of other farmers wishing to start Carbon Farming. In turn this could give birth to a movement that would have fantastic benefits for soils, farm businesses, climate change and our food quality. A win-win approach!
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