Carbon Farmers of Australia Pty Ltd (CFA) have been pioneers in the farm-based offsets industry

CFA is one of the only Regionally based Carbon Trading Advisors and have 20 years of farming experience in the Central West of NSW.

We understand farmers.

CFA helped lobby for and establish the farm-based carbon offsets industry:

‏‏‎ ‎ From conception to present

Experience counts

We’ve developed Carbon Projects under the ERF with successful Government Contracts in country from Longreach to Cobar

More than 200,000 hectares under Carbon Projects

30 years experience in business

‏‏‎ ‎ 17-19 July 2023

The Inaugural Nature-Based Solutions Conference & Expo

This 2023 conference is the evolution of the highly successful National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo.

Ambitiously exploring more topics – bigger, and more inspirational than ever. It also incorporates the Soil Carbon Industry Group (SCIG) one-day Soil Carbon Summit.

March 2022

Staged the tenth National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo

The biggest and best yet

‏‏‎ ‎ 2012

Submitted the first Soil Carbon Methodology

(as part of a consortium) to the then DOIC

Granted Australian Financial Services Licence for Carbon Trading

‏‏‎ ‎ 2009

Wrote and published the first Carbon Farming Handbook

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Helped secure $26 million in funds for research to soil carbon for trade

‏‏‏‏‎ ‎ ‎ 2008

Launched the first formal training program

on soil carbon

‏‏‎ ‎ 2007

Made first sales of Australian soil carbon credits

Organised the first “Soil Science Summits” between scientists and farmers

Staged the world’s first Carbon Farming Conference (staged a further 8 Carbon Farming Conferences and expos in Rural and Regional Australia)

‏‏‎ ‎ 2006

Conducted the first study tour

of USA soil carbon industry

Secured first order for Australian soil carbon from Chicago Climate Exchange 2006

‎‎‏‏‎ ‎ 2005

Campaigned since 2005

for farmers’ rights to sell carbon they grow in soils

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Safe & Ethical

Carbon Farmers of Australia deals only with trading programs that are structured to benefit the interests of the grower. After fighting for 10 years to win the right for growers to trade farm offsets, CFA has a track record of support for farmers.

Here are some hints for how to tell if a program is farmer-friendly:

  • How many farming type methods do they have registered projects for?
  • Are they willing for you to chat to a client of theirs?
  • Do they have a farming background?
  • Are they Regionally based?
  • Are they flexible in how a farmer can deal with the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs)?
  • Do they offer information on activities which may increase soil carbon in the case of soil carbon?

For more information on our commitment to ethical carbon trading, please contact us.

Our philosophy

Carbon Farmers of Australia has developed a unique offering in the carbon trading space. We have worked for over 14 years straight with the one aim of ‘seeing carbon traded and farmers paid fairly for what they grow’. Now, this is reality. We exist to empower farmers to make their carbon decisions from a position of knowledge and independence.

We de-mystify the Carbon Farming Initiative and carbon trading so all can participate. The principles which drive our business model are as follows:

  • Carbon Trading should be accessible for ALL farmers – We offer Plain English training farmers can understand.
  • Farmers should be able to maintain their carbon right and sell to whom they wish, when they wish. Or indeed bank them.
  • All dealings should be transparent and follow ethical disclosure guidelines – for example, in costs which will be incurred.
  • Compliance in this market is complex, and needs to be managed. Carbon Farmers of Australia offers a service to manage compliance while the farmer maintains their carbon right.
  • Knowledge of the system builds the infrastructure for farmer innovation – Carbon Farmers of Australia encourages full Farmer knowledge to facilitate innovation.
  • Small and large landholders should have the same opportunities.
  • Marketing to Regional customers is encouraged – keeping as much money in the Regional areas as possible. Many people and companies will be interested in supporting their local farmers. Localism relates to carbon as well.
  • We are committed to keeping our farmers in touch and informed with the latest information and breaking news.

Louisa Kiely

Director, Carbon Farmers of Australia

Louisa obtained her Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England. She worked in the market research industry as a field supervisor while bringing up her 3 children. Together with her husband Michael, in 1991-2003 Louisa established and grew a city based marketing agency from zero to 55 employees. In this business, she was Director and General Manager of Boomerang! Integrated Marketing & Advertising.

Intent on following her first choice of career, she studied for the Advance Diploma of Farm Management at Sydney University (Orange), trained in Holistic Management, and between 1998 and 2018 was a woolgrower in the Wellington NSW district.

She was selected by the Central Western NSW Catchment Management Authority as one of 10 highly innovative landholders in the catchment to be trained in farm planning and soil restoration. Through this training, she and her husband Michael became convinced that soil carbon could solve many agricultural, environmental, and climate change problems.

She co-founded the Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming in February 2006, to lobby for the right of Australian landholders to trade on the emissions offset market the credits they can earn by sequestering carbon in their soils. They have since traveled throughout Australia and the world meeting scientists and farmers and spreading the word about Carbon Farming.

She was invited to be a delegate at a Climate Change and Conservation Farming Conference in LaFayette, Indiana, organised by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. She was also a delegate at the National Carbon Offset Coalition Conference in Bozeman, Montana. She is co-founder of Carbon Farmers of Australia Pty Ltd (CFA). CFA also published the world’s first Carbon Farming Handbook.

Seeking to build bridges with the scientific community, she organised two Soil C Summits between Scientists and Farmers, in Dubbo and Orange NSW. And as co-founder of CFA, she organised and ran the world’s first Carbon Farming Conference & Expo in November 2007. In 2022 the tenth National Carbon Farming Conference & Expo – the biggest yet – with delegates from every state in Australia and from all over the world, was held.

She developed the “CarbonCredited™” brand for wool and recruited woolgrowers into this emissions reduction program. Louisa has been recognized for her work and was chosen as runner up in the 2008 NSW Rural Woman of the Year. She has also sat on the board of the Regional Development Australia Committee – Orana Region. This intergovernmental committee was set up to ensure the future strength and development in rural and regional Australia.

As director of Carbon Farmers of Australia Pty Ltd, she was a part of a consortium of 3 companies that developed the first Soil Carbon Methodology submitted to the Carbon Farming Initiative process. Carbon Farmers of Australia also offers farm-ready training in Carbon Farming and Trading.

Louisa Kiely profile pic

Honouring Michael Kiely, CFA Founder

BA (Hons), A. Dip. A., Dip DM

Michael Kiely founded Carbon Farmers of Australia with his wife Louisa in 2009. He also wrote and published the first Carbon Farming Handbook and helped secure millions in research funds for soil carbon.

Having moved to the country, and realised the huge challenges agriculture faces, he set about using his skills to research all issues concerning farmers and climate change.

In this role Michael & Louisa were woolgrowers from the Wellington district of NSW and Conveners of the Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming, a farmers’ and citizens’ movement which aims to have soil carbon recognised as a major solution to Climate Change. They have been delegates at many high-level symposia in Australia and the USA. They led a fact-finding delegation to the USA on behalf of Australian farmers in 2006. While there, they negotiated the first order for soil carbon credits from the Chicago Climate Exchange. Michael has appeared as an expert witness before the NSW Premier’s Greenhouse Advisory Panel and the NSW Department of Primary Industries Climate Risk Management Project.

Michael and Louisa have organized and conducted the World’s first Carbon Farming Conference & Expo in 2007, attracting more than 350 delegates from all states of Australia, and across the world.

Michael Kiely

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