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The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry was awarded a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development grant to create an Agroforestry Academy to provide “train the trainer” professional development for extension, NRCS and other conservation staff and farm educators. Development of materials for this academy has been an ongoing project of the Mid-America Agroforestry Working Group (MAAWG) - the Leopold Center is a partner orgnaization in this working group.
The Academy will encompass a week long training that includes two full days of workshops, two full days of on-farm visits, one full day to integrate the content into practical on-farm agroforestry designs.
Workshop topics will include advanced training on the five agroforestry practices (i.e., alley cropping, forest farming, riparian forest buffers, silvopasture and windbreaks) including options for bioenergy; marketing, economic, and social dimensions of agroforestry (including rural and community development); environmental services benefits from agroforestry practices (improvements to wildlife habitat, beneficial insects, water quality and soil conservation, reductions in non-point source pollution, carbon sequestration).
Trainers will include university faculty from Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota, USDA National Agroforestry Center staff, NRCS agroforestry specialists and selected farmer educators and other agroforestry practitioners.
A similar academy was offered in August 2013 in Missouri.
Mid-America Agroforestry Working Group (MAAWG) website