Extension training


The University of Melbourne supported the delivery of carbon farming training and development services for extension providers engaged under the Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program.

This training program for extension and outreach professionals in the agricultural sector aimed to enable them to deliver nationally consistent services, and technical, regional- and industry-relevant information to farmers, land managers and their key influencers on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon in the landscape and participating in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Project outline

The first phase of the project delivered the Carbon Farming Extension Providers Portal, providing access to a collection of tools and information about land-based emissions reduction, carbon sequestration and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). At the end of the first phase of the project, this information was moved to the My Carbon Farming website. 

The second phase of the project delivered eight webinars and support for two facetoface training events. Webinar topics and presenters were chosen based on topical issues relevant to extension and outreach in the agricultural sector. These webinars were recorded and are available for viewing from links provided in the detailed table below.

The face-to-face meetings held in Canberra and Sydney brought together a total of over 60 extension and outreach professionals, alongside around 35 other professionals from the agricultural sector. The two-day programs provided an outline of activities underway via the Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, as well as an update on results and outcomes of the extension and outreach projects.

The University of Melbourne contract to this project completed as of 30 June 2017 in conclusion with the Government’s Extension and Outreach Program.

Webinar Recordings

Title Presenter/Speakers Organisation Date
Extension and Outreach Program Final Webinar - Panel Session
Legacies and Lessons Learned
Bree Grima
Jack Holden
Cam Nicholson
Jo Wheeler
Regional Connections
19 June 2017
Climate Change Policy Rachel Burgess DoEE 15 March 2017
Australian Carbon Farming - from Boots on the Ground to $$$ in the Bank Trent McIntyre Climate Friendly 15 December 2016
Tipping Points for Climate Adaptation in Fruit Trees Rebecca Derbyshire NSW DPI 12 October 2016
Adapting to Climate Change - Drivers for Expansion and Change in Business Brett McClen Brown Brothers Wines 14 June 2016
The Paris Agreement - Articles Affecting Agriculture Richard Eckard University of Melbourne 3 February 2016
COP 21 Paris and the Land Sector Anika Molesworth 2015 Australian Young Farmer of the Year 18 December 2015
The Lead Up to Paris 2015 Peter Castellas Carbon Market Institute 9 June 2015
The ERF First Auction - Summary Richard Eckard University of Melbourne 20 May 2015
Transitioning from the CFI to the ERF Karen Graham Clean Energy Regulator 19 February 2015
The National Agricultural Manure Management Program Janine Price Australian Pork Limited 19 February 2015
International Carbon Markets Peter Castellas Carbon Market Institute 11 June 2014
The ERF and Primary Industries Sarah Bridge DAWR 11 June 2014
Nitrous Oxide Research NANORP )Update Peter Grace QUT 2 February 2014
ERF and CFI Policy Update Hilton Taylor DoEE 2 February 2014

Related resources

Title Excerpt
My Carbon Farming website A free resource to assist farmers, land managers and other stakeholders across Australia to learn about the Emissions Reduction Fund and Carbon Farming.

Project Status


Project Leadership

Ann-Maree Graham
  • Dr Ann-Maree Graham
  • Program and Project Development Manager
  • Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre

Richard Eckard
  • Professor Richard Eckard
  • Director
  • Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre

Project Team

  • Professor Snow Barlow
    University of Melbourne
  • Graeme Anderson
    Agriculture Victoria
  • Associate Professor Stefan Arndt
    University of Melbourne
  • Professor Rod Keenan
    University of Melbourne

Funding Organisations

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • University of Melbourne

Collaborating Organisations

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • University of Melbourne