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Soil Carbon Management

Soil has the potential to store millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. SoilFutures is engaging in soil carbon management, a new and developing market, which has arisen in recent years to help address the problems of climate change and at the same time improving soil health. Soil Carbon credits are now available to people who change management of agricultural land to increase soil carbon sequestration.

SoilFutures Consulting, in conjunction with colleague organisations can provide soil carbon baseline measurement, as well as long term monitoring of soil carbon increases in your soil carbon project.

Soil carbon is the mineral fraction of dead and live organic and inorganic compounds of soil organic matter, including decaying plant and animal products, carbon minerals, soil fauna and microbes. Organic matter enriches soil, generates a positive microbial ecosystem, and allows for root penetration and growth. Soil carbon is a measure of soil fertility and has important biological, chemical and physical functions in agricultural soils. It improves and maintains soil structure, increases agricultural productivity, biodiversity, and water holding capacity.

 

 

Soil Carbon Credits

Soil Carbon credits are now available to people who change management of agricultural land so that soil carbon increases.  This usually requires a change from cropping to pasture, or incorporating more vigorous pasture species into a grazing system in an area that has traditionally been of low productivity or is degraded.  

Carbon credits are paid out in tons of carbon dioxide absorbed as soil carbon.  An increase of only 5 tons of soil carbon in 1 hectare is equivalent to 19.5 tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide stored in the ground. Some changes in land use can see a 30-ton increase in soil carbon over 10 years, which is potentially a substantial monetary bonus on your grazing system. In short, involvement in soil carbon credit schemes can become a significantly profitable endeavour.

 

SoilFutures Consulting, in conjunction with colleague organisations can provide soil carbon baseline measurement, as well as long term monitoring of soil carbon increases in your soil carbon project.

Visit the Australian Government soil carbon website

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