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Working Trees for Islands

Agroforestry has been in use in the Pacific and Caribbean Islands for centuries, with diverse and well-developed management systems and multiple benefits.

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Forest Farming Ramps

The spring ephemeral, Allium tricoccum Ait. (called ramps in the south and wild leeks in more northern areas), is native to the forests of eastern North America. Forest farming ramps and managing ramp populations can generate income for landowners with small woodlots.

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Helping Wildlife Helps You

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets. This issue is focused on wildlife, but you will also find stories about agroforestry riparian buffers, shade coffee, and diverse native hedgerows.

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the NAC…

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USDA Forest Service Webinar: Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

Posted January 12, 2015

On January 14, 2015, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm eastern time, please join us to hear about the United States Endowment’s vision for the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Initiative. We will discuss how the Center for Heirs Property Preservation is implementing the project in South Carolina by working with landowners to assist them in clearing land titles, developing estate and forest management plans, implementing forestry practices on the land, and accessing Farm Bill programs as well as traditional and emerging forest markets. To join the webinar, go to Clemson University Adobe Connect, enter your name and click the “Enter Room” button.

Webinar on Urban Buffer Restoration

Posted January 12, 2015

The Urban Waters Restoration Network hosted a webinar in December on “Urban Buffer Restoration - The Answer to Your Urban River’s Problems?” The webinar describes a range of buffer types and uses and shares research about their effectiveness at filtering pollutants, providing habitat, and providing other benefits. It also provides examples of how groups have successfully worked with local leaders and others to get buffers restored or protected. An online toolkit is also provided. More information and a recording of the webinar are available.

Iowa Farmers Encouraged To Try Agroforestry

Posted January 12, 2015

Results from a study conducted by Trees Forever and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture show promise for several agroforestry crops suitable for Iowa soils and climate. Jeff Jensen, northwest Iowa field coordinator for Trees Forever, examined six agroforestry crops: hazelnut, black walnut, chestnut, aronia berry, Christmas tree and elderberry. The research project included interviews with more than 20 growers about the opportunities and barriers of each crop. The 35-page report provides information about site selection, marketing, cultivars, pest and disease issues, weed control, sources for seedlings and other resources. Read the entire report…

Abstract Submission for the North American Agroforestry Conference

Posted December 11, 2014

The Association for Temperate Agroforestry invites interested persons to submit abstracts for the Fourteenth North American Agroforestry Conference via email to agroforestry2015@gmail.com. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 1, 2015. Abstracts of 250 words or less are required for both oral and poster presentations. The abstracts should describe or summarize projects in temperate agroforestry, including the practices of silvopasture, riparian buffers, shelterbelts/windbreaks, forest farming or alley cropping. Concurrent sessions will be determined from submitted abstracts. We anticipate session themes will relate to Water Quality, Climate Change, Agroforestry Adoption, Bioenergy, Economics & Marketing, Policy, Agroforestry Production Systems, Environmental Quality, etc.

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

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About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

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