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COLUMBIA, MO, June 14, 2013: Openings until July 1 for August 2013 Agroforestry Academy

A limited number of seats are still available for the Agroforestry Training Academy, a week-long “train-the-trainer,” professional development workshop, to be held August 5-9, in Columbia, Missouri. The purpose of the academy is to advance adoption of agroforestry, especially in the Midwest.

[UPDATE July 12, 2013:  Spots for the Agroforestry Training Academy in August 2013 are filled, but planning is underway for a training academy in 2014 in Minnesota (details to be announced). ]

Interested professionals (educators) in agroforestry, permaculture, forestry, agriculture, horticulture and conservation are invited to apply for the 2013 Agroforestry Traning Academy, August 5-9, in Columbia, Missouri. The organizers are still seeking a limited number of educators with varied expertise, who have a strong interest in agroforestry and can offer leadership to share their knowledge.

 Topics will include alley cropping, silvopasture, forest farming, windbreaks, riparian forest buffers, wildlife, biomass, planning, economics and marketing. The academy will include in-class and field trip formats.
Primary sponsors include the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri,  the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group (MAAWG) and the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC). To indicate your interest in participation, contact Mike Gold by July 1 at or 573-884-1448.
The Agroforestry Training Academy is supported by a North Central Regional Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program (PDP) grant, which will cover participants’ registration, food and local travel during the training. Assistance for travel and lodging may be available through state SARE resources.


ST PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 10, 2013. Agroforestry Academy SARE Proposal Recognized.

The North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program named the Agroforestry Training Academy, coordinated by Michael Gold at the Center for Agroforestry – University of Missouri, as the 2012 Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year. The $72,484 Professional Development Program grant from SARE will support development of an updated Agroforestry Academy in 2013 and 2014 for professional development of natural resource professionals, extension agents and other educators, to advance adoption of agroforestry as a cornerstone of productive land use in the Midwest. The project is a joint effort among five Midwestern states with additional planning assistance from the MidAmerican Agroforestry Working Group.

From 1991-1997, Dr. Paula Ford served was the Program Coordinator for the Southern Region SARE program. She was the NCR-SARE Professional Development Program Coordinator at Kansas State University for 11 years (1999-2009), and supported sustainable agriculture and SARE for more than 20 years. To honor Dr. Ford’s contributions to NCR-SARE, the Administrative Council created the “Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year” award. Each year, one Professional Development Program funded project in the North Central Region is given this special designation. The region selects the project that best exemplifies Dr. Ford’s contributions and passion for evaluation, professional development and/or science-based research.


WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011: USDA Releases Plan to Promote Agroforestry as Means to Improve the Environment, Make Better Use Of Land and Help Landowners Find Other Sources Of Revenue.
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today unveiled a plan that will help farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship by using the practice of agroforestry. Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems that take advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Read more at USDA_agroforestry_news_6.6.11


AMES, Winter 2009: Leopold Center initiates new working group
The Leopold Center is coordinating a new outreach effort that combines agriculture and forestry. The Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group held its first exploratory meeting in November at the Iowa Arboretum in Boone County. Read more in Leopold Letter Winter 2009.