The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets. In this issue you will find stories of locally produced foods, plant a tree of life, the emerging role of food hubs, and steep hills meet steep demand.
Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry
We focus on the role of indigenous, traditional ecological knowledge. Indigenous communities include American Indians, Alaska Natives, Caribbean and Pacific Islanders, and others.
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…
RFD-TV’s “Out on the Land” features episodes about silvopasture and windbreaks
Posted July 9, 2014
George and Pat Owen’s silvopasture operation was featured on the July 1, 2014, episode of “Out on the Land”. Also watch the season 2 episode featuring Derek Lepke’s windbreaks in the Texas Panhandle.
New Website for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Posted June 27, 2014
On June 23, 2014, USDA released the new New Farmers website for beginning farmers and ranchers. This resource will allow new farmers to access a centralized location for information on USDA programs relevant to them. It includes information on getting started, education and assistance, access to land and capital, managing risk, protecting the environment, and expanding business. Details on the website and policy changes in support of beginning farmers and ranchers are discussed in a press release.
Susan Stein Selected as New Director at the USDA National Agroforestry Center
Posted June 25, 2014
Susan brings extensive experience in technology transfer, working with researchers to communicate research results to managers, land owners, and policy-makers. Much of this work has been accomplished through forming and leading multidisciplinary teams from across the Federal government, as well as from universities, non-governmental organizations, and State governments.
Early in her career she served as the International Programs agroforestry coordinator, advising USAID missions on project design and improvement, providing training on project implementation, and synthesizing research. Susan has lead efforts to integrate open space conservation tools and practices into Forest Service programs, and lead the process producing the Forests on the Edge publications which are widely used by planners at all levels of government.
Susan has also advised Forest Service field units on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, managed the National Forest Stewardship Program, and coordinated a White House Interagency Ecosystem Management Working Group.
Her educational background includes a Masters in Forestry (Yale School of Forestry, 1984) and an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology (Mount Holyoke College, 1979). She and her husband Bruce Stein live in Washington DC with their two sons, Noah (12) and Ben (15).
Contact Information: Susan Stein, Director – USDA National Agroforestry Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Pilot Program Offers Coverage for Diversified Farms
Posted June 23, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new risk management option that will be available for fruit and vegetable growers and producers with diversified farms. Many agroforestry systems are part of diversified operations. Whole-Farm insurance allows farmers to insure all crops on their farm at once, rather than insuring commodity by commodity. The program will be implemented in counties across the country and will expand in availability over the next several years.
Inside Agroforestry Newsletter Now Available
Posted June 10, 2014
The USDA National Agroforestry Center has just released the latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter. This issue features locally produced foods, plant a tree of life, the emerging role of food hubs, and steep hills meet steep demand.
- July 16, 2014 - Using Perennial Plantings to Improve Water Quality Workshop, Glenwood, Minnesota
- July 17-19, 2014 - Grasstravaganza, Morrisville, NY
- July 21-25, 2014 - Agroforestry Academy, Winona, Minnesota
- July 27-30, 2014 - Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois
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