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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.

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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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Non-Timber Forest Products Webinar Series

Posted August 11, 2014

This eight-part webinar series, beginning August 21, 2014, highlights the remarkable and diverse world of non-timber forest products (NFTP), ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products. Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refer to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. This series is approved for Society of American Forests (SAF) continuing education credits. Registration and information for each of the webinars can be found on the webinar series flyer (PDF).

NCR-SARE Announces 2015 Call for Partnership Grant Proposals

Posted August 11, 2014

The call for proposals for the 2015 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Partnership Grant Program is now available online. This grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. The deadline for Partnership Program proposals is October 30, 2014. More information about this and other Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants available in other regions is available.

Two Agroforestry Events Are Coming Up This Fall

Posted August 8, 2014

The Sustainable Silvopasture for Small Farmers: Field Day and Training Workshop will be held near Epes, Alabama on September 5-6, 2014. The event is aimed at helping small farmers develop sustainable silvopasture systems for forage, meat goat, and timber production. It will include information on economic benefits of silvopasture systems as well as on-site demonstrations.

The Agroforestry Workshop will be held in Corvallis, Oregon on October 21-22, 2014. This training will share basic agroforestry concepts, practical applications, and design considerations specific to the Pacific Northwest. It will also include a field trip to a local agroforestry operation.

NCR-SARE Announces 2015 Call for Research and Education Preproposals

Posted August 7, 2014

The 2015 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available online on the NCR-SARE's Research and Education web page. The deadline for Research and Education Program preproposals is October 23, 2014.

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 Stein.
Susan Stein.

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,

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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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