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Published: 9 Nov 2021

Carbon positive agriculture

Australia's red meat industry has set a bold goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and Tasmanian farmers are going one step further on a mission to become carbon positive.

Tasmanian graziers Sam and Steph Trethewey are part of the NEXUS project, which is funded by TIA and the Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Company. The project is examining the impact of climate change on livestock businesses with a focus on adaptations to feedbase, animal management, genetics and landscape management.

Leader of the NEXUS project Associate Professor Matthew Harrison said carbon-rich soils are generally more productive, have greater sustainability and often reduce whole farm greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term.

"The main way farmers can derive income from carbon farming is simply through good practice as carbon farming results in improved sustainability, which results generally in improved productivity," he said.

Watch the full story on ABC Landline here.

(image supplied by Sam and Steph Trethewey)