Together with the CSIRO and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), we were pleased to progress our work in identifying sustainable on-farm management practices in 2018–19. The joint Energy, Emissions and Efficiency Advisory Committee (3EAC) was established as part of the CEFC’s equity investment in one of MIRA’s agricultural portfolios.
During 2018–19, the 3EAC focused on projects to lower emissions and improve on-farm performance through three priority pathways. See Figure 17.
This work is designed to be applicable across multiple climatic zones, production regions and end markets. As these activities are further developed, they will be shared with the broader farming community – including through field days, trials and information sessions. The work will also deliver a benchmarking tool which will enable farmers throughout Australia to develop a baseline for the energy efficiency of the output from their farms, and track improvements on a yearly basis.
Low emissions farming approaches
Viridis Ag, one of MIRA’s specialist cropping businesses, is trialling multiple low emissions farming approaches on its properties, including The Grange in WA. Farm practices trialled on The Grange are shared with the local Mingenew Irwin Group, which brings together around 200 businesses across some 320,000 hectares of farmland to support locally-driven research and development activities. MIRA has also committed to trialling innovative technology developments to improve on-farm efficiencies, such as analytics and robotics.