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Updated 08/17/2016
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Updated 08/17/2016

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Moore Kucera Jennifer Moore Kucera
National Resource Conservation Service

For her keynote address, Dr. Kucera will discuss the relationship of biochar and soil. She recently joined the NRCS Soil Health Division as the West Regional Soil Health Team Leader. She leads a team of three soil health specialists who support the agency’s soil health activities in 13 western states and the Pacific Islands. In her role, Kucera oversees the development and implementation of science-based, effective, and economically viable soil health management systems on diverse agricultural lands. Before joining NRCS, Kucera was an associate professor of soil and environmental microbiology with the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University. She worked at the university for seven years, teaching introductory and graduate-level courses in soil science and conducting research to better understand management options for positively influencing our soil’s living organisms. These organisms are at the core of managing for healthy soils. Kucera has been involved in soil health-related research, extension, and teaching in varied agronomic, horticultural, forest, and range systems across the western and central U.S. since the 90s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Binghamton University (in her home state of New York); a master’s degree in soil science from Iowa State University; and a Ph.D. in soil science from Oregon State University.

Jim Amonette Jim Amonette
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Amonette’s keynote address will focus on carbon drawdown potential of biochar in Washington State. He has 37 years of research experience in the areas of environmental geochemistry and soil mineralogy. He received his B.S. in Soil Science from New Mexico State University in 1979, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Soil Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He has authored or coauthored over 110 peer-reviewed scientific publications, numerous technical reports, seven patents, and a book on quantitative methods in soil mineralogy. Dr. Amonette joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1986 and is a member of the Geochemistry Group in the Physical Sciences Division housed in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. His primary scientific interest is to find ways of sustainably harnessing the large carbon flux passing through the terrestrial ecosystem to help mitigate global climate change. Towards that end he has worked on various aspects of biochar science including global, regional, national, and state-level estimates of its technical potential to offset fossil fuel emissions.

Monday, August 22nd 
Pre-Conference Workshops:

  • Preparing Biochar for Use in Soil with David Yarrow
    Offered twice! 9-11am and 1-3pm. Sign up during conference registration.
  • Garden Alchemy…Turning BIOCHAR into Tomatoes…? With Mike “The Worm Guy” Flynn
    Offered twice! 9-11am and 1-3pm. Sign up during conference registration.
    Welcome Reception (included in conference registration fee)
    5-7pm in the Alumni Center

Tuesday, August 23rd
Plenary Session begins at 9am
Concurrent Sessions begin at 11am
Poster Session and Social will be from 4-6pm in the Alumni Center
BBQ Dinner is from 6-8pm in the Alumni Center Courtyard
Conference Participants attend as part of registration fee. Additional guests may attend for $30- indicate additional guest(s) during registration.

Wednesday, August 24th
Plenary Session begins at 8:30am
Concurrent Sessions begin at 10:30am

Thursday, August 25th
Biochar Field Day- From Production to Practice
9:00 AM to approximately 1:00 PM
Limited to 20 Registrants – Sign up for the Field Trip as you register for the conference. Spend the morning with biochar producers and researchers in and around Corvallis. The trip concludes with lunch at Gathering Together Farm in Philomath.