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Enhancing Rural Economies through Agroforestry: Assessing Emerging Opportunities

This workshop was held March 19-21, 2018

Presentations from the workshop are available on the Association for Temperate Agroforestry website. You can view the presentations by going to their Agroforestry Economics Workshop web page

The USDA National Agroforestry Center, the USDA Interagency Agroforestry Team, and the USDA Economic Research Service are convening an invitation-only workshop to lay the foundation for assessing economic opportunities for the agricultural community to benefit from agroforestry. Producers, researchers, and professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors will discuss opportunities for enhancing the profitability of agroforestry through increased access to resources, markets, and payments and markets for ecosystem services. Small group discussions will identify ways to assess and strengthen these emerging opportunities.

Workshop Goals

  • Enhance understanding of existing and emerging opportunities to strengthen the economic and ecological benefits of agroforestry to producers and communities. Opportunities will be discussed under the following categories:
    • Accessing resources;
    • Accessing markets; and
    • Payments and markets for ecosystem services.
  • Identify data, resources, and partnerships to strengthen these opportunities.
  • Identify potential mechanisms to support producer engagement in these opportunities.

Agenda At A Glance

March 19, Monday

  • 12:30 Meet and Greet
  • 1:00 Welcome & Keynote
  • 2:00 Producer Perspectives Panel and Open Discussion
  • 3:45 Economic Factors Affecting Producer Access and Decision-Making Panel and Open Discussion
  • 5:00 Adjourn

March 20, Tuesday

  • 8:00 Meet and Greet
  • 8:30 Welcome & Review
  • 8:45 Accessing Resources and Capital Panel and Open Discussion
  • 10:30 Pulling It All Together – Small Group Discussions
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:45 Accessing Markets Panel and Open Discussion
  • 2:30 Pulling It All Together – Small Group Discussions
  • 3:30 Regroup and Report Out on Today's Two Panels
  • 4:45 Adjourn

March 21, Wednesday

  • 8:00 Meet and Greet
  • 8:30 Welcome & Review
  • 8:45 Incentives and Markets for Ecosystem Service Benefits Panel and Open Discussion
  • 10:30 Pulling it all Together – Small Group Discussions
  • 11:30 Regroup and Report Out – Insights from Small Group Discussions
  • 12:15 Adjourn

Confirmed Panelists

  • Sarah Campbell, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Chris Chmiel, Integration Acres
  • Kevin Egolf, Iroquois Valley Farms LLC
  • Jonas Epstein, USDA Forest Service
  • Larry Godsey, Missouri Valley College
  • Kelley Hamrick, Forest Trends
  • Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Main Street Project
  • Keefe Keeley, Savanna Institute
  • Emily Lachniet, Appalachian Sustainable Development
  • Jacob Marty, Green Fire Farm
  • Colin Muller, Muller Ranch LLC
  • John Munsell, Virginia Tech
  • Nate Olive, Ridge to Reef Farm
  • David Primozich, Freshwater Trust
  • Vickie Roberts, Shelton Roberts Properties LLC
  • Mark Shepard, Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC
  • Jay Variyam, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Marca Weinberg, USDA Economic Research Service

Workshop Resources