Kansas farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources, and good stewardship. All are subjects to be covered in the Kansas Agroforestry Workshop scheduled for May 20 – 21, in Topeka, Kansas.
The workshop features some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of agroforestry which endeavors to integrate trees and shrubs into agricultural systems while simultaneously maximizing conservation and economic benefits. The goal? Increasing the over-all value of your farming operation!
Catering to farmers, ranchers, landowners and natural resource professionals, the workshop will teach science-based design, function, and benefits of silvopasture, alley cropping, windbreaks, riparian buffers and forest farming.
Sponsored by the Kansas Farmers Union, the Kansas Forest Service and a host of other partners, the workshop features experts from the University of Missouri’s Center for Agroforestry. Gene Garrett, editor and co-author of North American Agroforestry, An Integrated Science and Practice, will provide an overview of agroforestry and lead a session on alley cropping which places high-value tree rows of black walnut in wide spacings while wheat, corn, soybeans or hay are grown in-between rows. Alley cropping potentially creates long-term high value lumber or veneer products while providing annual income from the crops planted in the alleyways.
Foresters sometimes only see livestock as being damaging to trees, and they certainly can. However, silvopasture practices enable ranchers to grow high value trees while producing annual forage crops and providing grazing opportunities. Dusty Walter and Carol Williams, University of Missouri, experts on the subject, will outline the steps necessary to develop silvopasture systems.
Other featured speakers include Shibu Jose, Director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, and recent recipient of the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). Shibu will be on hand to lead panel discussions along with several other nationally recognized experts.
Rich Straight, National Agroforestry Center, will teach the mechanics and function of windbreaks and shelterbelts which are expected to become more prevalent in farming operations as drought continues and reductions in irrigation increase interest in dryland farming. Research will also be shared regarding the crop yield benefits shelterbelts provide and the new Great Plains Windbreak Crop Yield Study which is based on yield monitor data from combines.
Cover crops, economics of agroforestry, forest buffers, specialty crops like pecans and shiitake mushrooms, are additional subjects that will also be covered during the workshop.
The registration fee for the workshop is $70 per person ($85 after May 16) which includes refreshments, lunch and social on the 20th and breakfast and lunch on the 21st.
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A workshop brochure is also available on line at www.kansasforests.org by clicking on News and Events. Contact Mary Howell, Amazing Grazing Project Director, with questions: 785-562-8726 or email@example.com.
The Ramada Downtown Hotel is the site of the two-day in-door event. A special room rate of $74 has been arranged for the meeting. Call 785-234-5400 to make reservations and ask for the Agroforestry Workshop block of rooms. The Ramada is located at 420 SE 6th Avenue.
Amazing Grazing is a collaboration of the Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Graziers Association. Funding for this project was provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center & USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award Number 2012-49200-20032. Project partners include: Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, K-State Research and Extension, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, and NRCS-Kansas.
Agroforestry Workshop: Incorporating trees and shrubs into contemporary agricultural systems
Agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into agricultural systems to simultaneously maximize conservation and economic benefits with the goal of increasing the over-all value of the farm.
Many Kansas farmers are unaware that the value of their farms can be increased through agroforestry. This workshop will provide the necessary tools to make thoughtful decisions about adopting agroforestry practices into your farming operations.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide farmers, ranchers, landowners and natural resource professionals the opportunity to learn science-based information regarding the design, function, management, and benefits of a variety of agroforestry practices. Examples include silvopasture, alley cropping, windbreaks, riparian buffers, and forest farming.
The workshop features internationally recognized and local experts who are authorities in their subject matter.
Charles Barden, K-State Research and Extension Forestry
Larry Biles, State Forester
Dennis Carlson, Kansas Forest Service
Gene Garrett, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
Larry Godsey University of Missouri
Michael Gold, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
Rhonda Janke, K-State Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources
Shibu Jose, National Agroforestry Center
Bill Reid, Pecan Experiment Field, K-State Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources
Rich Straight, National Agroforestry Center
Dale Strickler, Star Seed
Ranjith P. Undawatta, University of Missouri, Center for Agroforestry
Dusty Walter, University of Missouri College of Agricultue, Food & Natural Resources
Carol Williams, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH PROGRAM SCHEDULE
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM History and Importance of Trees in Agriculture in Kansas Larry Biles, State Forester
9:30 AM Overview of Agroforestry Practices and their Benefits to Agriculture Gene Garrett, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Silvopasture Dusty Walter, University of Missouri College of AG, Food & Natural Res.
11:30 AM Silvopasture – Forage Carol Williams, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
12:00 PM Lunch – Provided
1:00 PM Alley Cropping Gene Garrett
2:00 PM Windbreak Mechanics & Function Rich Straight, National Agroforestry Center
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Windbreak Design for Specific Uses Charles Barden, K-State Research and Extension Forestry
4:30 PM Questions and Discussion with Today Speakers Panel: Shibu Jose, Biles, Garrett, Straight, Barden, Walter, Williams
5:00 PM Adjourn
5:30 PM Social – Provided
THURSDAY, MAY 21ST PROGRAM SCHEDULE
9:00 AM Riparian Buffers and their Effect on Water and Soil Ranjith P. Undawatta, University of Missouri, Center for Agroforestry
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Cover Crops for Soil Quality and Successful Tree Plantings Dale Strickler, Star Seed
11:00 AM Successfully Establishing Tree Plantings in Kansas Dennis Carlson, Kansas Forest Service
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Specialty Crops in Agroforestry Rhonda Janke, K-State Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry & Rec. Resources
1:00 PM Economics of Agroforestry Larry Godsey University of Missouri
2:30 PM Nut Crops for Agroforestry Bill Reid, Pecan Experiment Field, K-State Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry & Rec. Resources
3:00 PM Marketing & Adoption of Agroforestry Michael Gold, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
3:30 PM Summary Observations & Adjourn Shibu Jose, Gene Garrett