Biochar Policy Project

The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Biochar Policy Project was created in 2019 to support development of a carbon-negative biochar and biofuel industry that creates good jobs and opportunity in rural America, while sequestering carbon and building soil health and productivity.   

The project works with farm groups, conservation organizations, soil scientists, farmers, ranchers and foresters that think an important solution can be found in a porous black shred of carbon called biochar.

The project is addressing three critical barriers:  

  • Critical knowledge gaps on biochar must be filled. 
  • Barriers to private investment in launching the industry must be lowered. 
  • A reliable supply chain of sustainable biomass feedstock must be developed. 

The project is led by Chuck Hassebrook, who previously served 36 years with the Center for Rural Affairs, including 17 years as its executive director. It is represented in Washington by Bev Paul of Davenport Policy and Ferd Hoefner of Farm, Food, Environment Policy Consulting.  Each brings decades of experience, Bev with Gordley Associates and Ferd as policy director and lead Washington representative of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. 

Biochar in Action

Leading Agricultural Organizations Say Biochar Promise Can Be Realized When Government, Research, NGOs and Industry Come Together

American Farmland Trust, the National Center for Appropriate Technology and the U.S. Biochar Initiative today released Recommendations to Scale Up Sustainable Biochar Research and Commercialization for Agriculture and Conservation, which…

Producers and Researchers Agree, Scale Up of a Sustainable Biochar Industry is Critical to Meet Climate Targets, and Build Agricultural Resilience and Soil Health

Today, on World Soil Day, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and American Farmland Trust (AFT) released Scaling Sustainable Biochar Research & Commercialization…

Biochar Policy Project Aims to Scale Up Rural Climate Solution

By Steve Thompson, NCAT Executive Director Dave Atkins, a forest landowner in Montana’s Blackfoot Valley, peers through the smoke-filled gloom of another hot and dry August, and he sees hope on the horizon. He’s part of a collaborative…