Agroforestry 2017: improving productivity for farmers and foresters
NEW DATE: 22 JUNE 2017
Agroforestry – growing trees in fields – can boost farms’ productivity and profits.
It is farming in 3D, getting two or more crops from the same land. By growing upwards as well as at ground level productivity is increased, making the best use of light, nutrients and moisture. Examples include fruit tree alleys in cereal crops, and hedges on livestock farms providing wood fuel.
A major review for the Land Use Policy Group found that agroforestry was one of the systems with the greatest potential for the ‘sustainable intensification’ of farming.
How could it work for you? What would be the practical benefits? How have others overcome obstacles like getting permission from their landlord, or finding a buyer for their tree crops or timber?
This is a practical and inspiring day for farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers interested in agroforestry. We will hear from people who are making agroforestry work for them. Farmers, foresters and advisors with hands on experience will talk about the benefits, risks and how to make it happen.
Agroforestry 2017 will appeal to policy makers, too, bringing together the UK’s leading agroforestry practitioners and experts. It will highlight policy measures that would to accelerate the uptake of agroforestry and the public benefits that it delivers.
This is an overview of the programme. Speaker information and more detail will be available in the coming weeks.
08.30 – 09.30 Welcome and refreshments with time to network/visit exhibitors
09.30 – 10:45 What can agroforestry achieve?
10.45 – 11.30 Refreshments with time to network/visit exhibitors
11.30 - 13.00 Agroforestry in practice
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch with time to network/visit exhibitors
14.00 - 15.00 Finding or making a market
15.00 - 15.45 A forested future?
15.45 – 16.30 Refreshments with time to network/visit exhibitors
15.45 - 16.30 Surgeries
We may be able to offer bursaries for students to attend depending on sponsorship. Please contact us if you are interested in a student bursary.
Sponsorship and exhibition spaces are also available. Please contact us for details.