'Gary Betts, who grows 260 acres of wheat near Athena, Ore., is working with Machado on biochar testing at his farm. The first year, Betts said they saw a 20 percent increase in yield on the experimental plots.“You can dramatically reduce the use of fertilizer, maybe eliminate it completely, and it raises the pH,” Betts said. “It holds incredible promise of reducing agricultural costs, at the same time improving the environment for everyone in the area.”'
The grant will focus on using a water filter through biochar for removing lead from drinking water.
“This next generation of scientists is designing sustainable solutions that will help protect public health and the environment and ensure America continues to lead the world in innovation and science for decades to come.”
The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2 emissions.
The aim of the project is to replace non-renewable horticultural resources (chemical fertilisers, pesticides and growing media such as peat, coir or stonewool) with local and renewable agriculture, food and fisheries waste. This waste can then be turned into bio-energy, biochar (charcoal that is used as a soil amendement which can hold carbon in soil for hundreds to thousands of years) and a biodegradable material called chitin to use as soil substrates and fertilisers.
Terra Char will be attending the 29th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Feb. 22-24 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
What is the MOSES Conference? It’s the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 66 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. The event is preceded by Organic University full-day courses that dig deeper into specific farming topics.
MOSES educates, inspires, and empowers farmers to thrive in a sustainable, organic system of agriculture.
"Plant lovers are familiar with peat moss as the major component of potting mix, but harvest of the material is becoming unsustainable. Not only is peat being removed faster than it can re-form, its use in potting mix contributes to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."
Terra Char is pleased to announce that we are entering a partnership with Bluebird Composting LLC. Together, we plan to provide new ready-to-use products consisting of Bluebird compost and various blends of Terra Char biochar.
On their website, Bluebird states, "All of us at Bluebird Composting strive for sustainability in our own lives and are passionate about providing a product that is sustainable produced and encourages others to grow sustainably." Terra Char looks forward to working together with Bluebird Composting to provide products that will do just that.
Researchers say report submitted last year, but no action taken yet.
"According to the research, stubble burning also deteriorates the nutritional value of soil and leads to 100 percent carbon loss, 90 percent nitrogen loss, 25 percent phosphorus loss and 60 percent sulphur loss. Formation of biochar is known for restoring the nutrient loss in soil as well, which is why scientists are considering it as the best solution." 
I just got this new photo today of 3 ears of corn from J.R.'s field:
Terra-Char sales agent Nick Cucchetti wrote this:
Attached is a photo from JR Bollinger, a farmer in the southeast Missouri boot heel. Corn cobs average 16 kernels around, mid 40's long, no black tips.
JR has gone far and beyond what most consider "practical" and completely changed the way he manages his 5,000 acre farm. He planted a population of 35,000 non-GMO seeds per acre, cut conventional fertilizer inputs by over half, and used our "carbon-smart biological" methods and materials. Thus far, this has been showing to pay off very well. If this is true for a majority of the crop, he will have some fascinating results! Meanwhile, the corn growth has made a believer out of JR's father.
But the combines aren't out yet, so we'll have to sit tight and wait for the numbers to come in. But right now, JR is happy and relieved his risky leap into the future of farming is working so well his very first year.