Biochar Expo on Oct. 17 near Roseburg, Oregon

Master Gardeners Discovery Garden
River Forks Park
Roseburg, OR 97471

Saturday, October 17, 2015 is our next Biochar Expo. It is at the Master Gardeners Discovery Garden near River Forks Park west of Roseburg.

We’ll start mid-morning with updates about a range of activities: garden tests, the Duchess Sanctuary test; grant application results, results at Formosa Mine using biochar to help establish grasses on mine tailings, emerging markets for biochar. In the afternoon, we’ll demonstrate small-scale pyrolysis devices; some might be up-scaled for farm and forest use.

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Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center Educational Webcast Series

Agronomic and Environmental Uses of Biochar

July 17, 2015

2:30 pm (eastern), 1:30 pm (central), 12:30 pm (mountain), 11:30 am (pacific)

With Kurt Spokas, Mike McGolden and Jason Struebel

Biochar is a charcoal-like material generated during the pyrolysis of biomass. The high carbon (C) content of biochar and its recalcitrant nature has led to much interest in using biochar to sequester C from the atmosphere by incorporating it into soils. Additional benefits to incorporating biochar into soils include reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases; improving soil physical and chemical properties; increased water retention; increased crop yields; and increased soil retention of nutrients, heavy metals, pesticides, and microbial pathogens. In this 2-part webcast, we will provide a general overview of the history of biochar use, how biochar is produced, and give examples of how biochar is being used for agronomic and environmental purposes. An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted.

How Do I Participate?

On the day of the webcast, go to to download the speaker’s power point presentations and connect to the virtual meeting room. First time viewers should also follow the steps at:

Free webinar on biochar and forest restoration, July 28

Utah State Extension is offering a free webinar:

Biochar and Applications for Restoration in the Uinta Basin, Utah

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Time: 12 PM (MT)

Speakers: Chris Peltz (Research Services LLC) and Darren McAvoy (USU Forestry Extension Associate

Check back for details soon!

* No registration required for this FREE Webinar!

This webinar may be good for 1 CEU from the International Society of Arboriculture or the Society of American Foresters.

SeaChar biochar field trial report

New article at the Biochar Journal about a PNW biochar trial – thanks to SeaChar and Art Donnelly

The discovery of elevated fertility of the Amazonian Terra Preta soils was widely reported in the news media starting in 2006, coinciding with the initial public…