Biochar Basics


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    On January 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. MDT, USU Forestry Extension hosted the thirteenth  "Learn at Lunch" webinar. Britney Hunter and Jim Ippolito presented information about the basics of biochar and its uses for farm and forest health.

    What is biochar? Horticulture Extension Agent Britney Hunter will answer this question during this presentation. Britney will also discuss biochar basics, including how biochar affects plant growth and soil health and biochar’s potential benefits for Utah’s gardens, farms, and forests. Also joining the conversation is Dr. Jim Ippolito, a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Jim will discuss the past 6 years of biochar research from the ARS in Kimberly, ID. The talk will emphasize laboratory, greenhouse, and field observations and the positive, negative, or neutral outcomes.  A significant portion of the talk will focus on research pertaining to the use of Pinyon and Juniper biochar applications to Nevada soils..

    Britney Hunter
    Jim Ippolito