This should be interesting. Many have wanted NRCS to makebiochar more prominent in their recommendations on soil health, etc. On June 12 they will be doing a webinar
Biochar Formulation as a Soil Amendment in the Agricultural, Forestry, and Environmental Sectors
North American Carbon World (NACW) is in downtown Los Angeles from April 24-26. The conference aims to bring together a wide range of participants from government to business to talk about carbon markets and climate policy.
For more details see: https://www.nacwconference.com/
NRCS Conservation Practice Standards are a determinant of how we farm, funding, and a variety of other things. Many in the biochar community felt the Standards sold biochar short. Well...
"Until April 25, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting comments as part of its review of conservation practice standards mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill and designed to improve the standards and increase flexibility."
For more info, see: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/12077-opinion-nows-your-chance
Lauren Hale is the new Research Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center in Fresno. I knew Lauren from her PhD research at UCR under David Crowley. Her thesis explored the use of biochar as a shelter for beneficial soil microbes. She subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oklahoma's Microbial Ecology lab, where Dr Hale researched total microbial community response to climate change and how that response affects carbon and nitrogen cycling.
Her research projects going forward will include how the soil microbiome affects and is affected by soil health. This currently includes field experiments on the influence of biochar on plant yield under deficit irrigation. Dr. Hale is particularly interested in whether biochar stabilizes microbial communities in cases of drought stress. Future research will investigate biochar for use in water purification.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org . Office phone: 559-596-2865
Congratulations to Steve Feher, Butte College, and a fine list of conference participants for the excellent Biochar Workshop. Good to see a lot of people from within and outside of California that work on biochar given a chance to speak and interact. Steve has done an excellent job over the last several years of making, characterizing, and using biochar for hands-on instruction. He has done this conference each February for the last few years so I think we have to call it an annual event.
If anyone wishes to donate materials, money or time to Steve's efforts should contact him. The enthusiasm of the students make it all worthwhile.