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CARBON FARMING: Ben Keogh, of Australian Carbon Traders, explains carbon farming at Brothers Sports Club.
CARBON FARMING: Ben Keogh, of Australian Carbon Traders, explains carbon farming at Brothers Sports Club. Zach Hogg BUNCRB

A GROUP of Bundaberg landholders gathered at the Brothers Sports Club this week to get some ideas on how to take advantage of carbon trading.

The group was addressed by Australian Carbon Traders manager Ben Keogh, who has extensive experience in the carbon market.

When you stop carbon going into the air, you get carbon credits.

Mr Keogh's visit to the Burnett Mary region was an initiative of the Carbon Farming Project, a collaborative project of the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the Burnett Catchment Care Association and the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers.

Funded by the Australian Government's Extension and Outreach program, the Carbon Farming Project aims to create a carbon farming savvy rural community.

Mr Keogh told the group the aim of carbon farming was to use farming practices to take greenhouse gases out of the air.

"When you stop carbon going into the air, you get carbon credits," he said.

Mr Keogh said companies could then buy carbon credits from the landholder, to offset the carbon their industry produced.

He said the possible repeal of the carbon tax by the Federal Government would not affect the carbon market.

"Both political parties have a target of carbon emission reduction by 2020 of 5%," he said.

Topics:  carbon farming