Irish grower group hails benefits of agroforestry

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

Agroforestry, combining field growing with trees for timber or fruit, can meet environmental goals while maintaining or even enhancing productivity, according to the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association (IOFGA). Image: Morguefile Its development officer Grace Maher pointed out that Ireland has the highest proportion of land under grass in the EU at 48 […]

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Using Agroforestry to Save the Planet

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

Agroforestry—the use of trees in farming—benefits both farmers and the environment. According to a recent report by Biodiversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre, and Charles Sturt University, forests contribute to the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people. Yet, 30 percent of the world’s forests are used primarily for the production of […]

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Five Ways Agroforestry Can Grow Forest Products and Benefit Your Land, Your Pockets & Wildlife

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Posted by Jocelyn Benjamin, USDA-NRCS and Kate MacFarland, USDA National Agroforestry Center, on October 19, 2016 Much of the beauty in American agricultural landscapes is complemented by the trees in those landscapes. We depend on these tree’s products every day–from the paper our children use in school, to many of the fruits we […]

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Immense benefits from agroforestry in rural Cameroon

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

COMMERCIAL agriculture has received a major boost and the impact of climate change minimised in Cameroon thanks to the adoption of agro-forestry techniques by thousands of farmers. The World Agroforestry Centre (formerly the known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-Icraf), an organisation with a vision of rural transformation in the developing world, introduced […]

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The future of food: how dry farming could save the world

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

You’ve heard the line: water, it’s everywhere, not a drop to drink. Only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh, 75 percent of which is stored in glaciers. Much of the drops accessible for drinking are often diverted to the roots of thirsty plants. Currently, […]

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Agroforestry and Its Benefits

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

  Agroforestry is the management and integration of trees, crops and/or livestock on the same plot of land and can be an integral component of productive agriculture. It may include existing native forests and forests established by landholders. It is a flexible concept, involving both small and large-sized land holdings. Scientifically speaking, agroforestry is […]

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Sustainable Pasture Management in Kyrgyzstan

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

During the months of June and July, we packed our backpacks, grabbed our sleeping bags, and headed for the pastures—the high mountain pastures of Arslanbob! We spent much of the summer traveling around Kyrgyzstan with the environmental NGO CAMP Alatoo to grab footage and do interviews (check out our previous post for more info). We’re making […]

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Grazing along

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Written by Paula Combs, PEC Published: 06 June 2016   A large herd of fluffy, yet still intimidating, sheep run full speed through a gate as they’re rotated to an alternate pasture at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill, Va. “I don’t use herding dogs. The animals are trained to come to me and follow me,” […]

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Good Grazing Makes for Healthy Pastures, People, and Planet

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

In her new book, The Art of Science and Grazing, nationally known grazing consultant Sarah Flack identifies the key principles and practices necessary for farmers to design, and manage, successful grazing systems. This book is an essential guide for ruminant farmers who want to crate grazing systems that meet the needs of their livestock, pasture […]

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How ‘more food per field’ could help save our wild spaces

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Agricultural expansion is a leading cause of wild species loss and greenhouse gas emissions. However, as farming practices and technologies continue to be refined, more food can be produced per unit of land – meaning less area is needed for agriculture and more land can be ‘spared’ for natural habitats. While this may sound […]

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