Agronomic and Environmental Uses of Biochar - Part 1

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.

Presenters include:
  • Kurt Spokas, USDA-ARS
  • Mike McGolden, Coaltech Energy, Inc.
  • Jason Streubel, Convoy of Hope and Evangel University
Find out more about this webcast and future webcasts by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC).



Created by Leslie Johnson