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Agroforestry for Sustainable Food Production and Resilient Landscapes

Photo of A windbreak of trees and shrubs designed to protect and enhance production of annual crops, while also protecting soil quality and providing habitat for pollinators in Corvallis, Oregon.A windbreak of trees and shrubs designed to protect and enhance production of annual crops, while also protecting soil quality and providing habitat for pollinators in Corvallis, Oregon.Snapshot : The USDA National Agroforestry Center fostered exchange of research, data, and practitioner experiences through its co-organization of the 16th North American Agroforestry Conference in Corvallis, Oregon.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Stein, Susan M. Bentrup, Gary
Kellerman, ToddStraight, Richard
MacFarland, Katherine  
Research Location : Corvallis, Oregon
Research Station : Washington Office (WO)
Year : 2019
Highlight ID : 1610

Summary

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) fostered exchange of research, data, and practitioner experiences through its co-organization of the 16th North American Agroforestry Conference in Corvallis, Oregon. This event, titled “Agroforestry for Sustainable Food Production and Resilient Landscapes,” included farmers, university researchers, state and federal employees, extension staff, other land managers, non-profit staff, and many others. USDA Agricultural Research Service had a significant presence at the conference and began developing an agroforestry research strategy as a result of the meeting. The keynote speakers were Rowan Reid, Bambra Agroforestry Farm, and Katie Commender, Appalachian Sustainable Development. Commender is an ongoing NAC partner and results of past collaboration were presented in her speech. In addition to organization and sponsorship, NAC staff moderated seven panels, gave three oral presentations and two poster presentations. Many of these sessions were part of a special theme on “Accessing Resources, Accessing Markets, and Managing Risk,” which was an outcome of NAC’s March 2018 workshop titled “Enhancing Rural Economies through Agroforestry: Assessing Emerging Opportunities.” NAC’s panels and presentations addressed key themes in land access, enterprise budgeting, and private sector engagement, along with USDA resources for research and implementation. The conference, which included field tours to local agroforestry research sites and farms, is an important opportunity for the agroforestry community to gather, exchange ideas, and develop future partnerships. Other important themes addressed by NAC staff through the presentations included pollinators and beneficial insects, agroforestry inventory, and plant materials for agroforestry systems.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Association for Temperate Agroforestry
  • Oregon State University