Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/7/2013
Publication Date: 10/25/2013
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. Interpretive Summary:
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.