The Grains Research and Development Corporation released a fact sheet in January 2013 titled Understanding Biochar.
The key points outlined that:
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We recently attended a biochar workshop held in Elmore Victoria, Australia. The 2 day event run by the Kyneton Transition Hub and Bendigo Sustainability Group attracted a diverse crowd with a range of experience in the production and use of biochar.
Dr Stephen Joseph and Dr Paul Taylor ran proceedings and shared their knowledge. Attendees were treated to some of the latest findings in biochar research as well as some “hands on” practical ...Continue Reading →
Energy Farmers is working with stakeholders to ramp up the bioenergy industry in Australia. Our view is that we need to build the confidence of farmers and feedstock suppliers in bioenergy technology, develop biomass supply chains and ultimatley be in a position to supply large amounts of biomass to future bioenergy and biofuels projects across Australia. We also design and develop small on site solutions that use wastes resources to ...Continue Reading →
We presented at Bioenergy Australia’s annual conference held in Melbourne on the 25th-27th of November on the work we have been doing in the bioenergy space. It was great to mix with other industry players and sobering to hear they are all facing the same constraints getting projects off the ground.
Biomass projects are complex needing a lot of different aspects to come together to ensure project success. Financing these projects is an issue, long development times mean that investors get fatigued ...Continue Reading →
In May, the Federal Government announced the successful applicants of “Filling the Research Gap” and “Action on the Ground“, round one funding, direct beneficiaries of the Clean Energy Futures policy.
I think its great to see the variety of projects and it’s the first real step to getting farmers and the rest of Australia away from their reliance of fossil based products and toward more sustainable agricultural ...Continue Reading →
May was a busy month for Energy Farmers, Tom Vogan, Wayne Phillips and myself spent a week laying down our biochar trials with the grower groups we are working with. Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group (MMPIG) and North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources (NSPNRM) all participated in the trails which are designed to build the knowledge base of biochar in the broad ...Continue Reading →
As part of Energy Farmers Australia’s building biochar capacity project, we are looking at the options to get biochar back into the soil in Australian agricultural systems.
Biochar is hard to handle as it’s powdery so it does not spread well. It takes a lot of processing to get it into a form (granulation and pelletising) that can utilise farmers existing equipment.
While char does not spread all that ...Continue Reading →
This methodology proposal involves the reforestation of cleared land and afforestation on land where no forests previously existed in order to sequester carbon.
Urging farmers to act with caution is good advice; farmers do need to understand the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the obligations that come with undertaking projects under the scheme. However, saying that farmers reject a carbon economy is really burying your head in the sand and not looking at the opportunities that will ...Continue Reading →
The Federal Government announced today that the Environmental Plantings methodology under the Carbon Farming Initiative has been approved.
What this announcement means is that finally farmers and land managers across Australia will be able to generate extra income by planting of permanent stands of native forest trees, something most farmers have been doing for years.
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