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October 11, 2017

Barton-based Green State Biochar Wins DRM Startup Company Prize

Business owners Roger and Donna Pion and their startup company Green State Biochar are the winners of $10,000 in legal services from the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

(Burlington, Vt.)  The winner was chosen from an impressive list of applicants from across New England.

“This is an environmentally oriented business that shows great promise in the areas of agriculture, waste management and water quality,” explained Kevin McGrath, an attorney in the IP Group at DRM. “It is the type of home-grown company that the State of Vermont has sought to encourage. The owners are already in the final round of this year’s Fresh Tracks Road Pitch later this month and we’re very pleased to help the company get off the ground in northern New England.

Green State Biochar will produce biochar for use in agriculture and manufacture, install and monitor filtration systems that diminish runoff from identified sources and remove odors and algae from waterways. Biochar is produced in a process that converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancement that can hold carbon, increase soil diversity and discourage deforestation. Its production can also yield renewable energy byproducts and it has recently gained attention as a tool to fight climate change through sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

The new company is committed to the reduction of biomass waste and the production of biochar for use in agriculture. It plans to construct a biochar machine that will increase production from the current 360 pounds per day to one ton per hour and to begin large scale production of filtration systems on a 50 acre plot in Greensboro Bend.

The Pions will also be one of the competitors at the Fresh Tracks Road Pitch finals on Oct. 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Communications and Media at Champlain College in Burlington. For more information on the new company, visit


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