Nice academic introduction to biochar from Dr. David Laird.

Biochar: an Introduction to an Industry from CenUSA Bioenergy on Vimeo.

Dr. David Laird gives us an introduction to biochar, and research being done by CenUSA to investigate it's potential for use as a soil amendment.
Video filmed by Kelsey Lee, edited by Dylan VanBoxtel.
Find out more about Cen USA:

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


The Charcoal Vision: A WinMysneakers | Sneakers


Bioenergy Activities at Ames, IA

Research Project: Ecologically-Based Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Conservation (3625-12000-012-00D) (D.L. Karlen, LS)

Objective: To develop innovative, ecologically-based crop and soil nutrient management practices for enhanced productivity and negligible off-site agricultural impacts.

Knowing when plants capture phosphorus
Luis Pons, USDA Agricultural Research, Jan, 2003
ARS research into how and when plants use the phosphorus in manure may aid farmers as they try to stem nutrient runoff into waterways.
"A future challenge," says soil scientist Thomas J. Sauer, "will be not only to avoid over-application of phosphorus to soil, but also to ensure that in doing so a farmer does not make the land phosphorus deficient."
Sauer and soil scientist John L. Kovar focus on phosphorus as they study nutrient management of animal manure at ARS' National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
This research is part of Water and Quality Management, an ARS National Program (#201) described on the World Wide Web at
Thomas J. Sauer and John L. Kovar are with the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory, 2150 Pammel Drive, Ames, IA 50011-4420; phone (515)294-3416 [Sauer], (515)294-3419 [Kovar], fax (515) 294-8125, e-mail

Soil Quality Improving How Soil Works
This site is a collaboration between the NRCS National Soil Quality Team, the National Soil Tilth Lab, NCERA-59 Scientists, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
USDA ARS Research Project: Ecologically-Based Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Conservation
latest Running Sneakers | Shop: Nike

True Value of Carbon in Agricultural Soils
Hatfield, J.L. 2007. True Value of Carbon in Agricultural Soils [CD-ROM]. South Dakota No Till Association Annual Conference.
Technical Abstract:

Research Project: Biogeochemical Processes Influencing Formation and Stabilization of Soil Organic Matter and Soil Structure
National Soil Tilth Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ames, IA
Location: Soil and Water Quality Research
Project Number: 3625-11120-003-00
Project Type: Appropriated
Start Date: Apr 25, 2006
End Date: Apr 24, 2011

Subscribe to USDA