Friday, July 17, 2015

Agroforestry Training in Tuskegee


Training on Sustainable Agroforestry Practices in the Southeastern Region
September 11, 2015
Caprine Research and Education Unit (Goat Farm)
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
 
Agroforestry is a sustainable land-use system that involves the intentional integration and management of trees, crops, and/or livestock in a single management unit. This system offers more economical, environmental, and social benefits compared to the sole operation of its components. Well-managed agroforestry systems provide economic viability through regular, short-term incomes from crop and/or livestock components, and long-term incomes from trees. Most of the Southeastern forest consists of pine trees, which require 20 to 30 years to mature. Landowners with sole pine plantations have to manage the tree stands (thinning, pruning, and burning) several times before trees are harvested and also pay property tax annually; similar scenario is true with non-pine woodland. However, they cannot get any regular incomes from the woodland to support these costs unless agroforestry practices are adopted, which is possible after the first thinning and pruning that open up more ground surface and allow more sunlight penetration to the ground for understory vegetation growth. Livestock farmers can get more forages/grazing if a silvopasture system is practiced and grazing animals may have a more comfortable environment while in the sivlvopasture compared to where there are no trees. Similarly, different types of vegetables, fruits, and many other crops can be grown in the well-managed agroforestry systems and get benefits from regular short-term incomes. Moreover, under a think hardwood forest canopy, different medicinal plants can be grown and additional, regular incomes can be obtained.

The objective of this program is to educate forest landowners, farmers, and agricultural professionals, and eventually make them able to implement sustainable agroforestry practices to efficiently utilize their resources in order to benefit current as well as future generations. Experts from Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University, and Alcorn State University will be speaking at the event. Funding support for this program is provided by Southern SARE. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer  and Agenda.
 
Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by August 15, 2015. Please reserve your place by August 15 registering online, or filling and mailing the registration form to Mr. Yubaraj Karki, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088; or email to ykarki@mytu.tuskegee.edu, or fax to 334-724-4344. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided.
Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided to the first 40 registrants.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Master Goat Producer's Certification Training

Master goat producer's certification training at Tuskegee University, August 3-5, 2015; more information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/caens/master_goat_producer_training.aspx

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hands-on Training: Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants


Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants - Hands-on Training for Farmers and Professionals

8 AM to 4:30 PM, July 9, 2015
Caprine Research and Education Unit (Goat Farm), Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088

The purpose of this training session is to educate small ruminant producers and Extension professionals on the prevalent disease and parasite challenges that jeopardize small ruminant health and performance as well as human health, and an integrated approach to prevent these problems. Moreover, various treatment strategies will be discussed and demonstrated.  Hands-on activities will include general health inspection, use of FAMACHA card, condition score, hoof inspection and trimming, taking temperature, medication (injections, drenching, topical), and fecal sample collection and examination. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.

 
Preregistration by June 26 is required to participate in this event with the required payment ($10.00 if pre-registered by June 26; $15.00 after June 26, 2015) for management purpose. Registration can be made Online and check should be sent to the designated address, or both completed Registration Form and check can be sent to the address given in the registration form. Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch will be provided.
 

 
 

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pasture, Grazing, and Goat Field Day, Eufaula, AL 2015

Eufaula Field Day
Year-round Forage Production, Sustainable Grazing Management, and Care of Goat Herd
9AM to 2:00 PM, April 11, 2015
36 County Road 40, Eufaula, AL

The purpose of this field day is to educate and demonstrate livestock producers and Extension professionals on developing and managing year-round pasture system for sustainable ruminant livestock enterprise. There will be presentations (expert from Tuskegee University and NRCS, and a goat producer), farm tour, hands-on activities, and demonstration of proper care of goat herds. Additionally, information on the possible support available from Natural Resources Conservation Service for improving the grazing land management will be available. More information about the field day is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.
 
Participation to this field day is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose. Registration can be done Online or filling the Registration Form and sending it to the address as indicated in the registration form. Registration must be received by March 31, 2015. Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day 2015

Tuskegee University 2015 Annual Goat Day is Scheduled on April 18. More information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/outreach/cooperative_extension/goat_day.aspx

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pasture-Based Beef Cattle Operation and Pasture Walk, Union Springs, AL

Cool-season forages overseeded in a bahiagrass pasture, April, 2014,
Union Springs, AL
When: March 21, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Union Hill Baptist Church, 434 County Road 59, Union Springs, AL 36089

The purpose of this event is to educate and demonstrate livestock producers and Extension professionals on developing and managing year-round pasture system for sustainable ruminant livestock enterprise. Additionally, there will be a pasture walk, identification of different legume and grass species, and hands-on activities. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.

Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by March 11, 2015. To register directly online, please Click Here. For registration form, Click Here. Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch will be provided.

Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management Training at Tuskegee University

March 17, 2015
8 AM - 4:30 PM
201 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University, 1200 West Montgomery Road, Tuskegee, AL 36088
 
The objective of this program is to educate pasture-based livestock producers and field agricultural professionals, and eventually make them able to implement practices to enhance the pasture-based livestock production system sustainable. Experts from Tuskegee University and Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service will be speaking at the event. Funding support for this program is provided by USDA/NIFA Capacity Building Grant. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.
 








Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by March 10, 2015. Register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch will be provided.