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MU hosts North American Agroforestry Conference, May 31 to June 3

Missouri

Top agroforestry researchers and practitioners will share their expertise when the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry hosts the 11th North American Agroforestry Conference, May 31 to June 3, in Columbia.

"Agroforestry practices are a great way for the family farm to diversify income and protect the environment in a sustainable manner," said Mike Gold, associate director of the center. "We are delighted to showcase our agroforestry research program, and we all will learn from the expertise that will be on the University of Missouri campus for the conference."

Agroforestry--intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock--promotes new market opportunities, sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, habitat for wildlife, improved water quality and diversified farm income.

The conference will bring together experts on all aspects of agroforestry, including carbon markets, soil and water quality, economics, marketing, and bioenergy. The event will include tours of working agroforestry farms, featuring practices such as forest farming, silvopasture, upland buffers and alley cropping. Producers already involved in agroforestry practices will be on hand to share their experiences.

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the conference. Media are invited to attend any portion of the conference by contacting Michelle Hall at 573-882-9866 or hallmich@missouri.edu.

For more information, including details on registration, contact Julie Rhoads at 573-882-3234 or rhoadsj@missouri.edu, or go to www.centerforagroforestry.org/events/afta/.

Conference sponsors include the Association for Temperate Agroforestry; MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center; MU Wurdack Farm; MU Greenley Research Center; the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station; USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; and USDA National Agroforestry Center.



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