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Agroforestry Academy 2014

Photo of Students from the Agroforestry Academy learn about growing shiitake mushrooms on wood from a nearby timber stand improvement thinning. These students were a part of the August 2014 Agroforestry Academy held at Winona, MN. Richard Straight, USDA Forest ServiceStudents from the Agroforestry Academy learn about growing shiitake mushrooms on wood from a nearby timber stand improvement thinning. These students were a part of the August 2014 Agroforestry Academy held at Winona, MN. Richard Straight, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : The Agroforestry Academy 2014 provided a week-long training for 30 natural resources technical service providers from seven states in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. This was the second of two academies sponsored by the University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, the Mid-America Agroforestry Working Group, and the USDA National Agroforestry Center.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Straight, Richard 
Research Location : Upper Mississippi Valley (MN, WI, IL, IA, MO, NE)
Research Station : Washington Office (WO)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 749

Summary

The Mid-America Agroforestry Working Group, MAAWG, consists of representatives from universities, state agencies, USDA agencies and NGO's in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. One of the recognized barriers to adoption of agroforestry is the lack of knowledge by natural resources technical assistance providers in the region. In 2012 the MAAWG submitted a proposal to the North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) to support two Agroforestry Academies to be held in 2013 and 2014 in Missouri and Minnesota respectively. In addition to providing training, two other stated goals were the creation of an Agroforestry Training Manual and supporting materials, and evaluation of the training methods to improve future training sessions. In addition to training 30 technical service providers in each academy, a similar series of agroforestry training sessions is being developed for the Mid-Atlantic States included in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The new academies will use and build upon the existing training manual and participant's feedback

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Dr. Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Michael Gold, University of Missouri
  • Jeri Neal, Leopold Institute, Iowa State University