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Compost Emissions – More Than Just a Matter of Smell

Posted by Karen Hills | October 20, 2020
Composting organic waste is, in many ways, a win-win scenario. It diverts waste from the landfill, while creating a valuable soil amendment (explored in my…

Municipal Compost Use in Agriculture: A Question of Cost and Value

Posted by Karen Hills | September 23, 2020
Composting rather than landfilling organic waste, such as food waste and yard trimmings, has several benefits from a climate perspective. A recent study in Washington…

Contrary Science; Cover Crop Mixtures, Monocultures, and Mechanisms

Posted by Andrew McGuire | August 18, 2020
Planting diverse cover crop mixtures will increase soil microbial diversity and achieve increased benefits over monocultures because of the synergistic interactions of the different plant…

Boutique Biochars: Exploring Engineering Strategies to Increase Phosphate Adsorption

Posted by Karen Hills | August 10, 2020
Biochar is produced by pyrolysis of woody (technically, lignocellulosic) materials. By controlling the conditions under which it is produced, researchers can engineer biochar to be…

Check it out: Engagement as a Path Towards Greater Resilience to Climate Change

Posted by Sonia A. Hall | July 13, 2020
Our most recently published case study on resilience to climate change describes Brenda and Tony Richards’ family cow-calf operation in Murphy, Idaho. Over the last…

MAXIMIZE and minimize; Two Principles for Managing Soil Health.

Posted by Andrew McGuire | June 18, 2020
Soil health management can be distilled to two principles: Maximize photosynthesis & minimize tillage. These are principles; they do not tell you what practices you…

A New Method for Measuring Plant Available Water Capacity Helps Document Benefits of Biochar-Soil Mixtures

Posted by Karen Hills | May 18, 2020
Biochar has potential to draw down atmospheric carbon when applied to agricultural soils (as discussed in my previous article on this topic). There is currently…

Just-In-Time Soil Health

Posted by Andrew McGuire | April 1, 2020
How much is enough soil organic matter? “The more, the better” is often the assumed answer, or at least as much as the native soil…

Check it Out: Can Biochar Be Used for Carbon Dioxide Drawdown in Washington State?

Posted by Karen Hills | March 25, 2020
In a recent study, Jim Amonette at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources developed an…

How does regenerative agriculture reduce nutrient inputs?

Posted by Andrew McGuire | February 4, 2020
“When you start farming regeneratively, you rely a lot less on external inputs, such as fertilizers…"  – Tom Tolputt One of regenerative agriculture’s extraordinary claims…
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