Cereals 2023: New course aims to help farmers cut carbon

Farmers and advisers wishing to know more about reducing greenhouse gas emissions from within agriculture can now benefit from a new online course launched by Basis.

The Principles of Carbon and Net Zero course has been released as part of a series of new environmental courses available from the professional standards body.

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Teresa Meadows, head of environment, audit and public affairs at Basis, explained why the focus of the new course is so important. 

“There is a lot to learn about greenhouse gas emissions and the wider context both nationally and on a farm level.”

Agriculture has the potential to both emit and sequester carbon by implementing practices on-farm that reduce emissions, she says.

“These can really make a difference, both for productivity and profitability on-farm and to contribute to net zero as an industry.

She adds that the course brings together the background, context and insight on emissions and footprinting, with the practical measures and actions, into one learning resource for farmers, land managers and advisers.

“Knowledge, skills and understanding are often the first essential component that leads to effective action and progress in the implementation of measures on the ground,” Ms Meadows adds.

Syllabus overview

The course, which is delivered online in a stimulating learning environment, offers practical resources and a call to action for all those involved from farm to fork.

The course includes the following content areas:

  • The climate change context
  • Emissions, storage and sequestration from agriculture
  • Calculating greenhouse gas footprints
  • Emissions reduction practices
  • Moving towards net zero.

Who can benefit from the course?

The syllabus has been designed for farmers, land managers, advisers, agronomists and those working within and across the supply chain. 

The course provides a useful introduction to the key concepts, which can be supported by more in-depth knowledge gained by progressing with more advanced courses.

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