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Woodland Owner Webinar: Farms and Forests
January 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmFREE
Do you farm on your property and also have woods? Use the woods on your property to your advantage. Combining forestry and agriculture practices can help improve the environment around you while increasing the productivity of your land. This webinar will explain what agroforestry is and how you can apply some of these practices to your property, and will also discuss some cost share opportunities to help you with these projects.
When: Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 PM
Please note that this event is free, but registration is required.
You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the webinar upon registration.
1 CFE credit is available for attending the live webinar.
This webinar will also be recorded for future viewing.
About the Presenters:
Gary Wyatt is an Agroforestry Extension Educator and Extension Professor with the University of Minnesota Extension in the Extension Regional Office in Mankato, MN. Gary promotes sustainable Agroforestry practices that are economical and protect our soil, water, wildlife and natural resources. Current issues include: Silvopasture, living snow fences, invasive species, windbreaks, riparian buffers, forest farming, bio-energy crops (willows & poplars), eco-system services, tree and shrub selection, community & school food forests, edible and decorative woody plants and non-timber forest products. Gary has more than 36 years of Extension experience in Minnesota.
Description: Agroforestry: What is it and landowner funding sources.
Agroforestry practices have been used to sustainably manage land for thousands of years around the world. Agroforestry is the intentional combining of agriculture and working trees to create sustainable farming systems. There are five Agroforestry practices: windbreaks, alley cropping, riparian buffers, silvopasture and forest farming. All of these systems integrate agriculture and forestry plants and practices to produce multiple land and economic benefits.
Learn about these practices plus landowner funding to support the adoption of these Agroforestry systems on lands in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Erik Hagan is the Farm Director for the Savanna Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to laying the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwest. Erik is coordinating the efforts on establishing and managing Savanna Institute’s research and demonstration farms in southwestern WI while also working on establishing agroforestry focused technical support through financial cosh share programs with NRCS and other key regional partners in the Midwest. Erik has an extensive and diverse background of farm management, conservation farm planning, extension program coordination and research on agroforestry systems for enhancing ecosystem services throughout the United States.
He will add to the conversation the types and availability of technical and financial support that can be available to landowners and operators on establishing suites of agroforestry practices for natural resource conservation and long term agronomic potential.