- Diversifying Farm Income and Improving Environmental Conditions through Agroforestry
- Carbon Credits - Benefits for MN Landowners
- Agroforestry Training for Natural Resource Professionals
- Energy-Saving Landscapes
- Agroforestry Training for Landowners
- Growing and Tending Hybrid Poplar
July 29-30, 2016. Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry practice in which trees and forage crops are grown together and grazing animals eat the forages. Silvopasture can provide economic and environmental benefits that complement regular forestry and open pasture production, such as shade for livestock and pasture, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects.
August 29-31, 2016. Three-day training that includes classroom workshops and on-farm visits in an applied planning and design exercise. The participants gain hands-on practice in agroforestry design based on the needs of a working farm.
September 16, 2016. Explore the current science behind the design, effectiveness, and implementation of riparian buffers. The symposium is for University researchers and students, state and federal agency staff engaged in buffer-related activities, and private sector engineers, agricultural advisors, and conservationists.
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In the news: blowing snow control calculator
University of Minnesota Extension and MnDOT are featured in The Farmer magazine for the development of a calculator that helps MnDOT determine fair incentive payments to pay farmers for standing corn rows, hay bales and silage bags used to catch blowing snow and protect selected state highways in winter months.
The Star Tribune published an article spotlighting the Living Snow Fence program and its incentives for farmers, youth agriculture groups and Minnesota drivers. Read more about the Living Snow Fence program here.
Read more in the fact sheet on standing corn rows to reduce blowing snow on highways.
- Productive buffers
- Gathering and growing edible fruits and nuts
- Elm trees – Dutch Elm disease resistant varieties
- Woody vegetation control
- Carbon credit program
- Expiring conservation reserve program options
- Energy saving landscapes
- Winter habitats for pheasants
- Selecting trees and shrubs in windbreaks
- Producing marketable products from living snow fences (707 K PDF)
- Living snow fences
- Riparian forest buffers
- Riparian forest buffers for trout habitat improvement
- Hybrid hazelnuts (446 K PDF)
- Native Perennial Grasses in CRP Lands – Biomass yield, energy values, and chemical composition
- Hybrid Poplar in Minnesota – Biomass yield, energy values, and chemical composition
- Hybrid and Native Willows Growing on Marginal Lands in Central Minnesota – Biomass production and potential ethanol yields
Agroforestry in Minnesota
Short rotation woody crops
- Hybrid Poplar (Populus spp)
- Shrub Willow (Salix spp.)
- Challenges and Limitations of Using SRWC for Energy
- Sustainability of SRWC for Energy
- Planting Willow Using Farmers' Traditional Method – A Case Study