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Focus on agriculture and conservation for field days

Farmers will be encouraged to take advantage of their natural capital and learn more about the role ag has to play in conservation as part of a two-day event.

The role agriculture has to play in conservation will be a key focus of the Wilmot field days in northern NSW.

Farmers who have been involved in Australia's soil carbon market will discuss how they have improved their biodiversity assets alongside pasture growth and soil health.

"I believe that agriculture's got an important part to play in solving all the conservation issues that we're worried about - biodiversity loss, climate change, nature repair," Alasdair MacLeod, chair of Macdoch Australia, which owns Wilmot, told AAP.

The event, at Hernani, in the Northern Rivers, will examine how farmers can focus on food production while accelerating natural capital assets on their farms.

"We've tried to focus on sharing knowledge of grazing practices, sharing knowledge of carbon sequestration, and sharing knowledge of what we are doing here," Mr MacLeod said.

In 2021, Wilmot was the first Australian company to sell its soil carbon credits offshore to Microsoft in a $500,000 deal.

The international delegation includes Michael Doane from the global environmental organisation The Nature Conservancy, who will examine how nature repair can happen alongside agriculture.

The audience will also learn how the ag sector can expect to come under increasing scrutiny over greenhouse gas emissions, despite the Albanese government indicating it would not be subject to binding targets.

The event, which attracts institutional investors and producers, will focus on "accelerating the change".

"I want everyone going away with one new thing they can do when they get home," said Stuart Austin, who heads up the Wilmot company and helps organise the field days.

Mr Austin said the event was about enabling farmers to shift from conventional agriculture to a different way of thinking about agriculture and natural capital.

The on-farm field days will also show farmers how they can participate in the carbon market.


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