WA could become one of the world’s first suppliers of carbon neutral-certified grains, after a non-binding agreement was signed between Co-operative Bulk Handling and WA-based Wide Open Agriculture to determine its potential. The Memorandum of Understanding involves exploring the certification, marketing and global distribution of carbon neutral oats, barley and lupins from WA. The project will also consider the potential for regenerative farming practices to support the goal. Carbon neutral certification has been identified as a possible verification tool to support and differentiate WA grain products. If successful, the project could lead to one of the world’s first carbon neutral certified products for buyers seeking more sustainable grain alternatives. The project involves identifying the available supply of commercial quantities of oats, barley and lupins that meet carbon neutral specifications. WOA will work with five leading WA grain growers this harvest to test the feasibility of supplying to a carbon neutral grain program. It also involves understanding the potential market opportunity, demand and price that CBH export customers could be willing to pay for a differentiated product. WOA managing director Ben Cole said WOA had developed a deep understanding of regenerative farming systems and was transitioning the company towards carbon neutral certification across all products. “Developing grain products with a clear understanding of their environmental impact from farm-to-customer could provide new market access and potential premiums for growers,” he said. CBH chief marketing and trading officer Jason Craig said Australian grain continues to rightly benefit from a strong reputation as a clean and green grain producer. “We are also seeing growing demand for sustainably produced grain, so we look forward to working with WOA to explore the market opportunity for carbon neutral grain in the international marketplace.” If both parties agree that the certification, marketing and distribution of carbon neutral and regeneratively grown grain is feasible, WOA and CBH may progress to a commercialisation phase.