Local landholder and passionate advocate for carbon farming, Peter Yench, was a finalist at this year’s Carbon Cocky Awards.
Mr Yench, who has embraced carbon farming as a profitable alternate land use for his Bulgoo property south west of Cobar, was a finalist in the 2015 Outstanding Leadership category.
The awards are held in conjunction with the National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo, which was held in Albury earlier this month.
This year’s four day expo and in-depth conference discussed the relevance of carbon farming for rural and regional Australia.
It included a variety of workshops including an advanced carbon farming industry workshop and Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) transport workshop as well as a half day carbon farming field trip.
It also featured talks by a range of guest speakers on a variety of topics including making the ‘streamlined’ ERF work for farmers, and the ERF approved soil carbon method in action.
Mr Yench said the conference was very informative and explained a range of different methodologies for carbon farming.
He said it was a shame there were not more local landholders in attendance at the meeting.
Mr Yench said about 75 local landholders are now looking into carbon farming.
He estimates landholders in the Cobar Shire have received about $40million income in carbon farming credits and expects they will continue to receive $200,000 each year.