WIMMERA farmers can learn how the carbon tax might affect their businesses at a BCG Grains Research Expo tomorrow.
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The expo is at Birchip P-12 with breakfast available from 7.30am and will include a carbon tax session from 1pm to 2.30pm.

BCG member and farmer David Smith will facilitate the session.

Australian Farm Institute project officer Renelle Jeffrey will speak at the carbon tax session.

The institute believes the carbon tax will negatively affect the grain industry, along with the livestock industry.

Ms Jeffrey said increased processing overheads would affect grain producers’ bottom line. She said there would also be increases in on-farm costs.

“Anything that contains energy is likely to come under the jurisdiction of the carbon tax, so that will affect fertilisers like nitrogen products in particular,” she said.

National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie said the carbon tax would hit Wimmera farmers. He said it would make them less competitive on domestic and international markets.

“High input costs such as electricity and fertiliser are already putting considerable pressure on the farm bottom line and these costs are set to rise under the carbon tax,” he said.

“The additional costs that farmers will wear from the carbon tax will make us less efficient, and as a result, less competitive.”

The Federal Government will give the farm sector $1.7 billion to help with new carbon tax costs, through initiatives such as the Carbon Farming Initiative and Carbon Farming Futures program.

BCG chief executive David Chamberlin said BCG received money from the Carbon Farming Initiative to look at ways farmers could reduce nitrous oxide and methane emissions through efficient grain production and efficient finishing of lambs.

Climate champion, farmer and Nuffield scholar Jennifer Hawkins will share her insights into the initiatives at the expo. Ms Hawkins used her scholarship to study carbon trading.

Mr Chamberlin said BCG members could enter the expo for free. He said it was $30 for non-members.

Organisers said people could call BCG on 5492 2787 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au for more information.

For more on the Grains Research Expo, see this month’s

Wimmera Farmer inside today’s Mail-Times.

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