Agricultural producers, natural resource professionals and forest and farm landowners should mark their calendars now for the 12th North American Agroforestry Conference set for June 4-9, 2011 at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.
The conference will focus on sustainable rural land management and the integration of trees with crop and/or livestock production.
Dennis Garrity, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre, and Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, will be featured speakers during the opening plenary session. Watch the session live by logging onto www.ustream.tv/channel/agroforestry.
Conference presenters will include experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Odum School of Ecology and Fort Valley State University, as well as many other U.S. and Canadian universities.
Session presentations will focus on conference themes, including agroforestry education and certification, bioenergy, environmental quality, production systems, social and cultural considerations, and economics, policy and marketing. There will also be a technical workshop focused on tools for landowners and professionals.
Participants will be able to view poster presentations and attend both pre- and post-conference field tours and trips to local production sites.
The event is sponsored by the Association for Temperate Agroforestry, Georgia Organics, Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the United States Forest Service with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
For more information on the agroforestry conference, see the website http://hosting.caes.uga.edu/2011NAAC/.
(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)