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Developing Consumer and Market Research for Non-Timber Forest Products

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) present an opportunity for many forest landowners to get additional
income from their woodlands.

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Forest Grazing, Silvopasture, and Turning Livestock into the Woods

Grazing in forests and woodlands has a long history in North America. Farmers and ranchers need to consider how to manage each acre so that it improves production without degrading the natural resource foundation, particularly as land development continues and pressures on agricultural lands intensify.

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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 Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

Posted October 9, 2014

The microloan changes announced today will allow beginning, small and mid-sized farmers to access an additional $15,000 in loans using a simplified application process with up to seven years to repay. These efforts are part of USDA's continued commitment to small and midsized farming operations, and new and beginning farmers.

For more information, see the USDA News Releaseā€¦

Organic Cost Share Assistance Available

Posted September 8, 2014

Through the 2014 Farm Bill, cost share and assistance programs are available for organic producers and handlers for certification. Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic operators up to 75 percent of their certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. The USDA National Organic Program Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions can help organic producers and handlers learn more about the programs and how to participate.

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.

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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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