Workshop Instructor | USBI
Tom Miles is a biomass energy engineering consultant from Portland, Oregon. With more than 40 years in the design and development of systems for conversion of industrial and urban wood residues, and agricultural residues including crop straws and manures, he finds biochars to be useful for nutrient and residue management. He chairs the International Biochar Initiative and the U.S. Biochar Initiative.
Workshop Time: Tuesday, January 28, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Workshop Title: Introduction to Biochar
Workshop Description: The science and practice of composting with biochar will be presented by four scientist from the USDA Coastal Plains Research Center in Florence, South Carolina, and two commercial producers of biochar enhanced compost products from North Carolina and California. The scientists will describe methods of creating and characterizing biochar with enhanced capabilities using different thermochemical and biological technologies, how “designer biochars” can be created to address particular crop and soil conditions, soil carbon, effect of biochar blends on soil microbial communities and composting biochar with worms. Commercial suppliers will discuss some fo the challenges involved in creating specialized compost / Biochar blends, how Biochar enhances compost quality, benefits of composting with Biochar to boost effectiveness, and best management practices to optimize product quality. They will provide an overview of the new market opportunities for biochar enhanced compost.