What motivates landowners, researchers, educators, planners, technology transfer specialists and others to engage in agroforestry? Why agroforestry? Why us? We all have stories, based on our backgrounds, experiences, and goals, and we at NAC find such stories to be a source of inspiration. We thought you might too.
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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 National Agroforestry Center…
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.
- National Small Farm Conference
September 20-22, 2016
Virginia Beach, VA
- Driftless Pastures/Seven Seeds Farm Field Day
Spring Green, WI
September 23, 2016
- Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants in Central Appalachia
September 24-25, 2016
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