Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    New help for grain growers to cut emissions and capture markets

    18/11/2022 3:05 PM
    • New greenhouse gas calculation resource to help growers reduce on-farm emissions and respond to market signals
    • McGowan Government striving to achieve net zero emissions for WA by 2050

    A new industry-specific data set to help Western Australian grain growers reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions and build more sustainable businesses was launched today by the McGowan Government.


    The emissions calculation data set was collated by the Carbon Neutral Grain Pilot Project, backed by the McGowan Government, Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) Group and Wide Open Agriculture.


    The information will enable growers to understand their own grain emissions and respond to increasing global market demand for grain from low emissions production systems.


    The data set was based on 36 case studies of grain enterprises on the greenhouse gas emissions from wheat, barley, canola, oats and lupin production, and compares several emissions calculators.


    The initiative complements the State Government's $4.24 million investment in the Katanning Research Station demonstration site to help farmers create more sustainable businesses - all supporting the State's vision of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.


    Information and findings from the Carbon Neutral Grain Pilot can be found at: www.agric.wa.gov.au/carbon-neutral-grain-pilot-project.


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "WA grain growers can now confidently calculate their on-farm greenhouse gas emissions and adapt their operations to satisfy customer requirements for low emissions food and fibre products.


    "It is great to see the CBH Group and Wide Open Agriculture join together with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development on this project, which lays sound foundations for growers to remain ahead of the game.


    "There is no denying the market signals from the global marketplace and this important resource will help our grain growers to remain internationally competitive and profitable."


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