The Great Plains Biochar Initiative, a partnership between the Nebraska Forest Service, Kansas Forest Service and private industry, will host a free workshop series during the week of March 26.
Biochar is a charcoal-like product, derived from a 2,000-year-old practice that converts wood or agricultural waste into a valuable soil amendment.
The workshops will focus on the science of biochar, how to make it and how to use it. The presentations include an hour-long brown bag lunch at noon March 28 in the Nebraska East Union. The talk will be led by Kelpie Wilson of Wilson Biochar Associates.
Willson has more than a decade of experience in the biochar sector and consults with private industry, government agencies and universities. In addition to her work with the Great Plains Biochar Initiative, she directs a Conservation Innovation Grant, working with farmers to make biochar from excess biomass and use it in manure management.
Other events will take place in Ord on March 27 and Lawrence, Kansas, on March 29.
EDITOR’S NOTE - This story has been updated to reflect the correct date of the biochar brown bag presentation. The talk is March 28.