2024 North America Biochar Conference

Monday, 12 Feb 2024 to Thursday, 15 Feb 2024
The 2024 North American Biochar Conference is four days of valuable insights into the latest research findings, best practices, and emerging trends in biochar production, character

2024 Biochar Conference Speakers

Join us at the 2024 North American Biochar Conference for an unparalleled experience featuring an exceptional lineup of speakers. Our roster includes industry leaders, visionaries, and experts at the forefront of biochar innovation. Discover cutting-edge insights, explore groundbreaking research, and gain invaluable knowledge from thought leaders who are shaping the future of sustainable agriculture, environmental solutions, and carbon sequestration.

2024 North America Biochar Conference

2024 US Biochar Conference


The 2024 North American Biochar Conference is four days of valuable insights into the latest research findings, best practices, and emerging trends in biochar production, characterization, and application.

2022 US Biochar Conference

2022 US Biochar Conference

Conference Information

The 2022 North American Biochar & Bioenergy conference will focus on bridging scientific, industrial, practitioner, and policy gaps in biomass utilization for biochar and bioenergy production. The meeting will draw attention to biochar and bioenergy science, technology, and sustainability issues at local-to-global scales.

The US Biochar Initiative (USBI) promotes the sustainable production and use of biochar and has hosted the pre-eminent North American biochar conference since 2009. The West Virginia University (WVU) is our academic conference partner. WVU is currently leading the MASBio

Program through funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and AgricultureNorth American Biochar and Bioenergy will be held in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

Hugh McLaughlin - Biochar: A Powerful Tool for Carbon Farming

Hugh McLaughlin, an engineer and expert in biochar and activated carbon, discusses the many applications of biochar for environmental improvement and its role in reversing global warming.

Michael Whitman - The City of Thousand Oaks is Testing Biochar

Have you ever wondered about a way to reduce water use, increase plant growth, and create long-lasting soil health without using toxic fertilizers or inorganic soil enhancers? Check out this informative overview of Biochar, an ancient soil amendment that is essentially charred organic material, with Michael Whitman founder the Southern California Biochar Initiative, at the City of Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

The Cat’s Cradle

Improving Agricultural Productivity and Economic Viability through Improved Understanding of Natural Systems

by Lynn Saunders




Like the traditional cat’s cradle string game, the hydrological, carbon and nitrogen cycles are interconnected and any one change affects the whole. These complex cycles support life as we know it.  Humans have intervened in these natural cycles for thousands of years and just as practices based on ignorance or limited knowledge have resulted in the degradation and collapse of natural systems, recent developments in agricultural practices are restoring natural processes and improving productivity while also reducing input costs.  

In Australia, the Carbon Farming Initiative has been rewarding good agricultural practice with Australian Carbon Credit Units since 2011.  By December, 2014, ten million ACCUs had been issued.  Recent developments in satellite technology will soon make it possible to see both good and poor agricultural practice from space. Restoring life to landscapes will change agricultural land from a major source of emissions to a sink for greenhouse gasses.

Cone Pit Biochar in 15 minutes

Albert Bates video on using a simple pit to make biochar. Start small and place new fuel on top until you run out of fuel, then douse the fire with water.

Michael Wittman on Biochar

Michael Wittman, CEO of Blue Sky Biochar discusses the benefits of biochar, how it's made and how to use it. He also talks about how you can make it yourself.


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