After a season of doing some research on a biochar product, I am very intriqued by the whole concept and want to learn more. I just got a note about a biochar webinar (that's an online conference; do it from your computer) to be held next week. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend. But I know there are many of you out there who can. So here is the notice from John Bonitz in Pittsboro, NC. Note, you have to preregister.
Please mark your calendar for this lunchtime webinar next Tuesday, Nov 3 from 12-1 pm ET. Details follow my signature.
Biochar is a technology offering the potential for carbon-negative renewable energy plus benefits for agriculture. It is a way to sequester carbon in soils while boosting fertility, improving drought resistance, or increasing friability and drainage.
The potential benefit here in the Southeast is massive. Our landscape is a patchwork quilt of woodlands next to ag-lands, and the residues of forestry can be charred and deposited in adjacent fields. While no-till agriculture may offer 1 or 2 tons per acre per year of carbon offsets, imagine 10 times that with biochar, plus increased soil productivity.
Please forward, especially to soil scientists. (Biochar needs to be tested in many different soil types across the Southeast.)
Thank you, John Bonitz, Farm Outreach & Policy Advocate
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, P.O. Box 1833, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: 919.360.2492 , firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cleanenergy.org/
WEBINAR INSTRUCTIONS & INFO:
Webinar: Introduction to Biochar
November 3, 2009 12 – 1pm ET
The webinar will address the questions of:
– What is biochar?
– How can it be used for soil amendment and carbon reduction?
– What are the opportunities for agriculture and forestry?
Presentations will be given by:
Julie Major, Agriculture Extension Director, International Biochar Initiative
Joseph James, Founder and President, Agri-Tech Producers
The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit: https://southern.ilinc.com/register/cpmxzjy
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