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.

Biochar Bob Goes To Costa Rica Part 2

On the beach, in the jungle, and tucked in between mountains, biochar-producing cookstoves are making an impact in homes and soils across Costa Rica. These low-emission, high efficiency cookstoves can burn alternative fuels like farm waste or bamboo while simultaneously producing a biochar end-product.

2012 Conference Video Summary

Several top biochar presentions with graphics primarily from the 2012 US Biochar Conference. You can access all the videos here - http://2012.biochar.us.com/conference-videos.

Biochar Companies & Organizations

The master list from Erich Knight


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