Bipartisan senators introduce Biochar Research Network Act

September 21, 2022 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was joined by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing the Biochar Research Network Act. This bipartisan, bicameral proposal seeks to study the effectiveness of biochar, which is a carbon-rich material produced from biomass. Specifically, the bill would establish a national biochar research network to test the impact of biochar across various soil types, application methods and climates to learn more about its capacity to benefit farmers and the environment.

The proposed national biochar research network would work to:

·      Understand productive uses for biochar to help with crop production and climate mitigation;

·      Assess biochar’s potential for soil carbon sequestration; and

·      Deliver cost-effective and practical information to farmers on sustainable biochar production and application.

A companion bill was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

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