News and Updates for Biochar 2016 - August 22-25
Conference News & Updates
From: Tom Miles, Conference Chair
This is an occasional newsletter to solicit your ideas and support for Biochar 2016. Much has changed since we met in Amherst, MA, at USBI 2013. Now, more than 100 producers supply biochar for gardens, turf, tree and landscape maintenance, golf courses, orchards, vineyards, horticulture, field crops, forest and habitat restoration, storm water and remediation. More than 60 companies supply carbonizers, from backyard devices to full scale industrial systems. Thousands of peer reviewed research papers are published each year. Regulations are being enforced.
Up to now research, development, and information exchange has been assisted by public or donor funding. Donor funding has come to an end. We have big challenges to test and develop products suited to market needs, to educate consumers and regulators, and to continue to find ways that biochars can help us grow more and better food, use less water, reduce waste, recycle scarce nutrients, improve the environment, use renewable energy, increase carbon storage, and grow sustainable businesses.
Where do we go from here?
Biochar 2016 is our opportunity to determine how we move forward. We need to develop more effective ways to use biochars, identify research needs to support your products and applications, and discuss how we should develop as an industry. We look forward to your ideas and experience.
We have divided the conference into four general areas and selected chairs to coordinate panels and presentations in each of the tracks:
Forestry and Biomass, Marcus Kaufmann, Oregon Department of Forestry
Agriculture and Horticulture. Kristin Trippe, USDA ARS
Stormwater and Remediation, Myles Gray, Oregon State University
Policy Incentives, Matt Delaney, Delaney Forest Services
What topics or issues do you want to hear, present, or discuss?
Join us in Corvallis to take Biochar to the Next Level!
Norris Thermal Technologies supplies Biogreen Energy reactors for torrefaction, pyrolysis and gasification. NTT dryers and carbonizers are converting biomass and biosolids to biochar, heat, and liquid in many countries.
Norris Thermal Technologies has supported USBI since 2010.
Garden Alchemy….Turning BIOCHAR into tomatoes….. ?
Come and learn practical information and applied techniques regarding the many distinct ways BIOCHAR can assist in growing great tasting and nutritious vegetables. Tomatoes will be used as an example. These ‘garden scaled’ approaches, developed over the past 10 years, also contribute to long term soil health, as well as, divert food residue from landfills. Mike Flynn, BioSpecific LLC.
Sign up for pre-conference Workshops Aug 22 by Mike Flynn and David Yarrow and the Field Tour Aug 25.
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