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.
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.
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…
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 Release…
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.
- October 15-16, 2014 - On-Farm Habitat Restoration Field Tours, Tres Pinos and Watsonville, California
- October 16, 2014 - Manage Your Forest for Pine Straw and Rake in the Profits, Webinar
- October 21-22, 2014 - Agroforestry Workshop, Corvallis, Oregon
- October 29, 2014 - Art from the Forest, Webinar
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