'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.