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IBI Educational Webinar Series: Feeding Biochar to Cows to Improve Soil Fertility and Farm Productivity

Date: 
Wed, 08/30/2017
Contributor: 
Brian Schorr

September 20, 2017 • 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET

Feeding biochar to livestock has been a growing area of interest due to the many potential benefits which have been highlighted by various studies around the world.  This webinar features Doug Pow, a farmer from Western Australia, who has taken the research out of the labs and into the fields.  In one of the longest studies on biochar used as livestock feed, Doug has collaborated with Dr. Stephen Joseph, a long-time biochar researcher as well as a number of other researchers to document the benefits so that other farmers in Australia and around the world can learn from his experiences.

This webinar will discuss how and how much biochar is fed to cattle, the beetles that help to deliver the biochar deeper into the soil profile and the benefits that livestock farmers can derive from feeding biochar to livestock.  Stephen will provide an overview of rumen processes and how biochar interacts with the rumen.  He will discuss previous biochar research involving cows, poultry, pigs and goats including feed lot trials and he will talk about detailed science around development of new 'fit for purpose' biochars for feeding to animals.

Cost?

Free to IBI Members or $40 for Non-Members.

To Register:

Registration includes access to the slides and a recording of the webinar.

IBI Members register here (go to the Upcoming Webinars Section).  Your event link will be emailed to you after successful confirmation about your membership status.

Non-IBI members register here.

Presenters:

Doug Pow
Doug is a farmer from Manjimup, Western Australia where he raises beef cattle and grows avocados.  In 2012, Doug began experimenting with feeding biochar to his cattle with profound results far in excess of his original expectations, both biologically and economically.  While originally conceived as a natural and low cost mechanism for building soil carbon, Doug's pioneeering and innovative approach has transformed his farm by increasing productivity while simultaneously reducing fertilizer use and GHG emissions.

More recently he began incorporating biochar when planting new avocados, with the aim of creating a better draining, more aerated soil that more closely approximates the physical properties of the volcanic andisol soil in which the avocado evolved.  His thoughtful, well documented experiments with the application of biochar have shown dramatic improvements in avocado tree development.

Dr. Stephen Joseph
Stephen Joseph holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering and a Doctorate in Architecture and Applied Anthropology.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a chartered engineer and has been a senior adviser to both commercial, government and non-government organizations, in renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Stephen has extensive experience worldwide in all forms of renewable energy including biodiesel, oil from algae, biomass combustion, pyrolysis and gasification plant, biochar, plastic wood composite, microhydro, wind and solar energy additives for high strength concretes.

He has also been involved in multi-country market research into areas related to biochar, waste recycling and renewable energy.  He has written over 100 books and articles and lectured and trained other engineers and scientists throughout the world.  He was the founding vice chairman of the International Biochar Initiative and co-author with Dr. Johannes Lehmann of Biochar for Environmenal Management.

Moderator: Kathleen Draper
Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI's Information Hub.  She is also the U.S. Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence.  The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world.  She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute.  Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste.  She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book "Terra Preta: How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger."

For More Information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration, please email Vera Medici at vmedici@ttcorp.com.

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