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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INNOVATIVE BIORESOURCE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND VALUE OPTIMIZATION

Location: Coastal Plain Soil, Water and Plant Conservation Research

Title: Turning manure into biochar through thermochemical conversion has the potential to become an exciting new way to handle waste

Authors
item Cantrell, Keri
item Hunt, Patrick

Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: August 7, 2013
Publication Date: October 25, 2013
Citation: Cantrell, K.B., Hunt, P.G. 2013. Turning manure into biochar through thermochemical conversion has the potential to become an exciting new way to handle waste. Hoards's Dairyman. 678.

Technical Abstract: The livestock sector remains vigilant to address effective manure treatment that also safeguards natural resources. Livestock operations must balance business concerns, efficient energy management and environmental stewardship. Fortunately, thermochemical conversion technologies for converting livestock manures and other agricultural residues are emerging that provide multiple advantages to the farm and environment beyond traditional manure management. These processes have smaller physical footprints with a versatility to handle wet and dry feedstocks to yield multiple by-products. The gases and oils can be cleaned and upgraded to aid in farm energy management. The biochar is a nutrient-rich, easily transportable solid by-product. This can be used to supplement crop production and serve as an alternative to traditional phosphorus fertilizers.

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