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Interest in windbreak assessment, renovation and establishment is on the rise — and for good reason.

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National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the National Agroforestry Center…

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Community Food Forests: Fruitful and Fire-smart

Posted April 2, 2018

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Photo by: Catherine Bukowski

Community food forests may be best known as a source of fresh healthy food to local residents, but they also offer expanded social connections, reduced food costs, enhanced physical activity, hands-on outdoor learning experiences for children, and much more. Catherine Bukowski will present a webinar on research on community food forests across the United States, highlighting factors that contribute to success and suggesting approaches for dealing with challenges that may arise. Ann Audrey will describe best practices and principles for designing community food forests that are well-adapted to local site conditions and micro-climates. She will also share recommendations for reducing fire hazards and risk in community food forests based on lessons learned during recent fires in the southwestern U.S.

This webinar is open to all. Check out the Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series web page for updates and to watch recordings of previous webinars.

Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions

JUST RELEASED!

Posted March 8, 2018

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The USDA Forest Service has published a new report Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions that presents the first-ever synthesis on agroforestry as a mechanism to provide mitigation and adaptation services in the face of a changing climate. With contributions from more than 50 experts from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, this report draws upon recent science and shows how tree-based management strategies can improve agricultural production and resiliency, especially under increasingly fluctuating environmental conditions.

National Agroforestry Center 2017 Highlights Report Now Available!

Posted March 5, 2018

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In FY2017, the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) updated AgBufferBuilder, a tool that helps natural resource professionals design cost-effective buffers to improve water quality, worked with Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) to inventory trees outside forests for ecosystem services accounting, promoted food security through pollinator conservation, worked with partners to provide opportunities through increased land access, and increased information access through new online resources. These are just some of the highlights found in the National Agroforestry Center: 2017 Highlights report.

To read all of the FY2017 highlights, download your copy of the report today!

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

 

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