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Finding Agroforestry in the 2014 Farm Bill
The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter features the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill provides numerous opportunities for landowners to get financial support for agroforestry through USDA programs.
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 National Agroforestry Center…
Posted July 7, 2016
On July 22, Carol Auer, Professor Emeritus of Plant Science at the University of Connecticut, will present on “Forest windbreaks: An eco-friendly approach to enhancing coexistence by reducing gene flow.” Professor Auer conducts research on ecological risks and regulation of crops with novel traits. Her current research program works to understand crop gene flow and environmental impacts from genetically engineered grasses and biofuels crops. She has published numerous articles providing new, science-based information about crop gene flow, pollen aerobiology, coexistence, and native plant communities. Recent collaborative work has emphasized the use of forest windbreaks to reduce pollen-mediated gene flow in farming systems. This webinar will explore the impacts of crop gene flow, the effectiveness of forest windbreaks, and future research directions.
New Silvopasture Resources for the Northeast
Posted June 20, 2016
Two new silvopasture resources have recently been released for the northeast US. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, utilized grant funding through Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research Education program to collaborate with Dickinson College on a multiyear project to investigate and apply adaptive management for silvopasture establishment in both woody and open pasture environments. They created a video that features thoughts and reflections of project participants including successes, issues experienced during the course of the project, and thoughts for the future.
Joe Orefice, Assistant Professor at Paul Smith’s College, with co-authors John Carrol and Leanne Ketner released A Photo Guide to Northeastern US Silvopasture. This guide is the result of research investigating silvopasture practices on farms in New York and New England.
Online training available on Assessing and Financing Regional Food Enterprises
Posted May 24, 2016
The USDA has released an online interactive training for all types of funders, from traditional financial institutions to nonprofit and philanthropic partners. The training helps funders to understand the work of regional food enterprises that are connecting local producers with local markets. USDA sees potential for investment in businesses in the middle of the supply chain, like local food hubs, processors, aggregators, and distributors. This investment would provide capital for anything from seed money to delivery trucks and sales staff to walk-in coolers. As these businesses start-up or scale-up, they in turn build demand for goods and produce from regional farmers.
Local Food System Toolkit released by USDA, Colorado State
Posted May 11, 2016
The USDA and Colorado State University have released a new resource, The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices. This toolkit, developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), helps communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. These activities contribute to USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) initiative, which coordinates efforts across USDA to support local and regional food systems. These resources may be useful to those working on financial planning, marketing, and food system development for crops and products produced in agroforestry systems.
- GrassWorks Annual Picnic and Tour
Cascade & Random Lake, WI
July 14, 2016
- Forest windbreaks: An eco-friendly approach to enhancing coexistence by reducing gene flow
July 22, 2016
- Small Scale Regenerative Agriculture & Forest Farming
July 23, 2016
- Grazing Management in a Changing Climate
July 23, 2016
- Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site and Vulcan Farm Field Days
Urban & Sidney, IL
July 24, 2016
- National Association of County Agricultural Agents
July 24-28, 2016
Little Rock, AR
- 4th Annual Agroforestry Academy
July 25-29, 2016
- Silvopasture Workshop
July 29-30, 2016
- Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting
July 31-August 3, 2016
Nebraska City, NE
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