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Vote now for the "Biochar Integrated Farming System and Korean/Japanese Nature Farming Techniques" through 100 Projects

By: Thayer Tomlinson

You can vote now for Neil Ian Lumanlan's (from Lumban, Philippines) project on an integrated biochar farming system. The purpose is to improve the lives and livelihood of an underdeveloped rural community, and serve as a model for carbon sequestration and social development using the Biochar Integrated Farming System and Korean/Japanese Nature Farming Techniques. More information is available at

New Biochar Resources from CharNet in Switzerland

By: Thayer Tomlinson

CharNet is a biochar-supporting network in Switzerland; they have research teams in the fields of soil toxicology, soil biology, waste/water management, sanitation/hygiene, organic farming, GHG-emissions from soils, etc. More information is available at or contact Martin Schmid







Support the Carbon Negative Project in Sweden

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Carbon Negative Project aims at testing, demonstrating and spreading some of the most promising new technologies for sustainable energy production and real carbon dioxide reduction in the atmosphere. The project will enable a demonstration site showing how we can create long-term carbon storage and at the same time produce heat and power. More information on the project is available at the crowdfunding site:

Announcing the 2nd Annual World CharDays June 21

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Biochar Journal is pleased to announce the 2nd annual World CharDays event to be held on (or around) June 21st. Please help spread the word. If you join in the festivities, please add your name and other details on this survey monkey poll:

New 2016 Poultry Litter Biochar Field Trials in Australia

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Energy Farmers Australia has published information on their 2016 poultry litter field trials. These trials are a follow on to successful 2015 trials designed to measure potash response to the application of wheat straw biochar in a wheat crop. The farm was chosen because of its low potassium responsive soils.

The 2016 trials were seeded on the 27th April. 80kg of wheat was sown. Treatments included:

New published resources from Washington State University

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The recently published Advancing Organics Management in Washington State: The Waste to Fuels Technology Partnership, report presents work on the Washington State University Waste to Fuels Technology project in 2013-2015. The report highlights how "biorefinery processes including anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, and wood pellet production can be co-located at compost facilities. The modeled return on investment (ROI) for food scrap digesters was 34%.

Read the Biochar Journal's new article on using biochar for urban tree planting

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Biochar Journal has recently published an interesting article on using biochar for urban tree planting. Author Bjorn Embren highlights findings from the city of Stockholm Sweden--where the city's landscaping department (which the author leads) has been using biochar as a component of its tree planting mix for 10 years. For more information (along with excellent and informative photos and diagrams), see:

USBI 2016 Registration now open (AND accepting abstracts)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Registration is now OPEN for the USBI 2016 event in Corvallis, OR! Registration includes admission to welcome reception, admission to all talks, BBQ dinner at the conference, and all materials. There will be rates for one-day attendance or student/non-profit employees. Early Bird registration ends on July 15th. More information at

Abstracts are now being accepted and must be submitted by May 31st to be considered.

IBI Publishes the 2015 State of the Biochar Industry Snapshot

By: Thayer Tomlinson

comparisionIBI is pleased to announce publication of the 2015 State of the Biochar Industry Snapshot; documenting the current state of businesses operating in the biochar sector over the last year. This year’s shorter snapshot focuses exclusively on for-profit biochar enterprises—highlighting that the number of active biochar companies rose from 200 in 2014 to 326 in 2015.

American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) approves a definition of biochar for labelling

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) recently approved an official definition of biochar for labelling. It applies to registration, labelling and product claims in all US states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. AAPFCO also liaisons with ISO for international standards.