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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…

No-Regrets Strategies that Benefit Ranching Operations and Provide Climate Resilience

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | January 21, 2020
Ranchers already manage multiple risks—including those related to economics, production, the environment, and weather. Climate change represents an added risk, but one that is challenging…

New Perspectives at The Tilth Conference

Posted by Daizy Dehnke | December 23, 2019
My name is Daizy Dehnke, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Organic and sustainable agriculture at WSU. For some important background context, I don’t have…

Understanding Native Tilth

Posted by Tomyia Wallace | December 20, 2019
When I explained Tilth to my friends and family, I was forced to truly consider what Tilth meant to me and how it compared with…
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