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Educational offerings

  • 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

Upcoming events

Silvopasture Camp and Workshop

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.

Agroforestry Institute

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.

Buffer Science and Design Symposium

buffer science and design symposium

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.

Survey: Living Snow Fence and Field Windbreak

If you have such a planting, we would like to learn more. Please consider taking this survey and tell us your experiences, and how we can improve them.

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.

Fact sheets

Research Outputs

Agroforestry in Minnesota

Short rotation woody crops

Poplar BMPs in Minnesota

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