Biochar is a carbon-rich soil amendment produced when biomass is heated in a limited to no oxygen environment. Biochar holds moisture and nutrients in the soil for plant uptake. Complex interactions between the soil, the type of biochar applied, crops grown, and the environment impact the effects of biochar on crop yield and soil health.
The Great Lakes Biochar Network will hold an Economics of Biochar Production & Use webinar on December 9th at 2 pm ET.
This webinar will discuss the usage of slash and low-value wood in biochar production and the economic and ecological contributions to the state and region. Biochar may be the answer to better utilization of low-value woody biomass and other organic material, but how can the price of biochar production go down to make it more affordable/accessible to farmers and other end-users?
This webinar will be led by Dr. Raju Pokharel of the Department of Forestry, whose research focus is creating forest biomass market opportunities with biochar as an end product and how to minimize the costs. After the initial material is presented there will be a Q&A session with Dr. Pokharel and other GLBN Team members.
The Great Lakes Biochar Network (GLBN) is a newly formed initiative by Michigan State University Extension that will provide nonbiased, research-based information for practitioners of all levels and scales, including producers of biochar, people with biomass to convert, farmers as end-users, composters, biochar distributors, and researchers.
Register for this webinar at https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/economics-of-biochar-production-and-use
For more information, contact the GLBN program coordinator Brooke Comer at GLBN@msu.edu.