Autumn Webinar – Biochar in Regenerative Agriculture




Khory Hancock is an Environmental and Sustainability Advisor, that focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Khory has worked across a number of different industries, and has a particular interest in and passion for carbon farming. Regenerative Agriculture is a term used to describe an integrated approach to sustainable land management that incorporates practices such as moving livestock in herds and rotating them into different cells to then allow that land to regenerate. Therefore, soil health and building soil carbon is a big part of regenerative agriculture as is reforestation. Pyrogenic Carbon Capture & Storage (PyCCS) that produces biochar, if fed to animals or incorporated into soil by means of technology has been shown through extensive research to be persistent in soil, hold water, nutrients, accumulate and further protect soil carbon within its micropores and on its surface. PyCCS & Regenerative Agriculture have both been recognised as Negative Emissions Technologies (NET’s) by UNEP to drawdown carbon, to assist repair of extensive fossil fuel use and restore carbon levels that are estimated to reduce the worst ravages of human induced global warming by the maority of the scientific community. Therefore, ANZBI see this trend towards regenerative agriculture as an opportunity to assist the mainstreaming of biochar (still considered an expensive input by farmers if made to IBI standards), by incorporating smaller and incremental amounts to a holistic management system. The addition of biochar into soil has been shown to further increase productivity gains & soil carbon levels which equates to more soil carbon credits for farmers under the Emissions Reduction Fund and thus contributing towards Australia’s Paris targets. Therefore, farmers not only get another income stream to carry out ecosystems services on our behalf but also increase profits, the health of their farm whilst adapting more resilience to extreme weather events such as drought. “If we increase stock numbers it produces more methane however, feeding biochar and seaweed to cows has also been shown to decrease methane emissions in livestock”, says Khory. Khory is now helping to develop new carbon farming methodologies in Australia that will help to progress the carbon and agricultural industry. Khory is now working on a current methodology for soil and blue carbon using open ocean seaweed farming and regenerative agriculture, that he believes could be a game changer in terms of climate change action and industry growth.