What is the Agroforestry Academy?
A week-long training that includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, hands-on demonstrations and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design to advance adoption of agroforestry as a cornerstone of productive land use.
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Agroforestry is a land management approach that provides opportunities to combine productivity and profitability with environmental stewardship, resulting in healthy and sustainable agricultural systems that can be passed on to future generations.
Experienced trainers will be drawn from the MU Center for Agroforestry, USDA National Agroforestry Center, Extension and NRCS agroforestry specialists, other selected experts from the US and Canada, farmer educators and agroforestry practitioners.
The Agroforestry Academy link on the Center’s website contains the 2019 edition of the UMCA Training Manual and the Handbook for Agroforestry Planning and Design which will serve as the foundational tools for the Academy. In addition, the Academy web pages (www.centerforagroforestry.org/ academy/ ) contain a wealth of additional information and resources from past academies.
The Agroforestry Academy consists of classroom presentations, in-field site visits and case studies, hands-on participation in demonstrations, and group discussions. Attendees will also participate in preparing an Agroforestry design for one of the in-field case study sites. Below is an outline of subjects that will be covered during the Academy.
Scholarships available for Veteran farmers. Please register by May 29, 2020
- Educators (natural resource professionals, extension agents).
- Farmers, including beginning and military veteran farmers.
- Advanced training will be provided on the main temperate zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, economic, social dimensions, and environmental services.