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3-Day Agroforestry Professional Development Training
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3-Day Agroforestry Professional Development Training

9/7/2016 to 9/9/2016

When: Wednesday September 7 through Friday, September 9, 2016
Where: Penn State Fruit Research Center (FREC)
290 University Dr.
United States
Tracey Coulter, PA DCNR Agroforestry Coordinator

Phone: 717-783-0381

3 Day Professional Development Training

What is agroforestry?

Agroforestry describes a suite of practices that combine trees with annual or perennial crops and/or livestock in ways that provide economic and ecological benefits to farmers and other landowners across the landscape. These benefits may include improvements in topsoil, livestock, crops, and wildlife; increased productivity of agricultural and horticultural crops; reduced need for energy and chemical inputs; improved water and air quality; enhanced biodiversity and landscape diversity; and diversified local economies.

Training available – seats are limited:

With assistance from NE SARE, a partnership of national and regional agroforesters is hosting three-day advanced agroforestry training for technical service providers and agricultural educators. This training will provide a brief review of agroforestry, and opportunities for participants to explore agroforestry applications in depth with regional experts. In order to optimize networking opportunities, registration will be limited to 30 participants.

Participants will:

Hear the multiple benefits windbreaks can provide to poultry operators through reducing energy and bedding costs, while reducing nutrient inputs to adjacent water bodies.
Learn how to diversify income streams by integrating conservation and agriculture in multifunctional buffers.
See how hedgerows can enhance water quality and provide pollination habitat at the same time.
Tour an agroforestry site developed in a public-private partnership and learn about the process, benefits and pitfalls from the farmers themselves.
Put learning into practice through a guided agroforestry planning exercise.
Learn about agroforestry planning tools, incentives and cost-share opportunities
See how landowners converted seven forested acres into a productive native plant nursery
Learn about market options and supply chains for agroforestry products
Hear about nut crops and the restoration of the American Chestnut
Learn how to plan for forest succession in a silvopasture

Registration: Early bird registration for this three-day training is $80 — registration will be $100 after August 15th.

For more information, or to register, please click here: 3 DAY AGROFORESTRY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

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