13 November 2009


University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center


The promise of Biochar: Hope for our climate, fertile farms

The Northeast Biochar Symposium 2009 will highlight current biochar research and technological advances and provide vital information to public officials, researchers, farmers and landscape professionals, green industry businesses, and sustainable energy professionals. Biochar is considered a significant strategy for removing net carbon from the atmosphere for safe storage in soil, enhancing soil resources, and creating clean energy from agricultural stover and forest biomass.

This comprehensive symposium presents clear, practical, professional, science-based information that will:
  • Teach about biochar for use in carbon sequestration to reverse global warming, enhance soil fertility, increase renewable energy production, and create jobs
  • Provide a forum for exchange of research findings
  • Gain national media attention and stimulate discussion on biochar
  • Establish a Northeast Biochar Initiative

Download Conference schedule here

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Stephen Brick
Executive Director, International Biochar Initiative

David A. Laird
National Soil Tilth Laboratory
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Johannes Lehmann
Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University Chair,
International Biochar Initiative
Co-editor, Biochar for Environmental Management

Dr. Christoph Steiner
Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia

Conference Fees

Early Registration - $95 ($130 after 30 October)
Student Registration - $55 ($90 after 30 October)
Speakers - Complimentary
Exhibiting - $295
Optional Dinner - $35


Register online here

Further information

For more information, go to,
email Biochar09 at,
or call 978-425-0101

Co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Northeast Carbon Negative Network, Pioneer Valley Biochar, New England Small Farm Institute, and the International Biochar Initiative.