Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Agroforestry Training in Tuskegee

Training on Sustainable Agroforestry Practices
September 22, 2017

102 Mary Starke Harper Hall & the Agroforestry Research and Demonstration Site
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 much 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 thick 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 North Carolina A&T State University will be speaking at the event. Funding support for this event is provided by USDA NIFA. 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 September 8, 2017. Please reserve your place by September 8 registering online, or filling and mailing the registration form (click on "Upcoming Events" tab, and click the "registration form" to download the form) to Ms. Yvonne Wright, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088; or email to wright@mytu.tuskegee.edu, or fax to 334-727-8812. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided to the first 30 registrants. 


Any question about the program must be directed to Dr. Uma Karki, Phone: 334-727-8336, Email: karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu


Friday, June 2, 2017

Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants

Hands-on Training for Farmers and Professionals
8 AM to 4:30 PM, July 26, 2017
102 Mary Starke Harper Hall & CAENS Research and Demonstration Facility, 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, measuring body condition score, inspecting and trimming overgrown hooves, taking body temperature, administering medication (injections, drenching, topical), and collecting and examining fecal samples for determining parasite load and need for treatment. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.



Preregistration by July 14 is required to participate in this event with the required payment ($25.00 if pre-registered by July 14$30.00 after July 14, 2017) for management purpose. Registration can be made by visiting this link and filling the registration form online,   and check should be sent to the designated address, or both completed Registration Form (Go to "upcoming events" and download the registration form available on this page) and check can be sent to the address given in the registration form. Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch and a package of educational materials including the FAMACHA card ($13.00 value) will be provided. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, but need to participate in the event, please email the event coordinator at: karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu for possible scholarship. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Post-Harvest Workshop @ Tuskegee, June 19-23, 2017

The Tuskegee University Global Center for Postharvest Research and Training, in conjunction with the Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF) and World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) will be hosting a 1-week “Small-scale Postharvest Handling Technologies of Horticultural Crops Short Course & Study Tour” June 19-23, 2017, at Tuskegee University. Visit THIS SITE for more information and participation.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Silvopasture and Goat-Herd Management Field Day @ Plantersville

Silvopasture and Goat-Herd Management Field Day
June 9, 2017
472 Pecan Road, Plantersville, AL

Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry system that involves an intentional integration and management of trees, forages, and 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 silvopasture systems provide economic viability through regular, short-term incomes from forages and livestock components, and long-term incomes from trees. 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.

The objective of this event is to educate forest landowners, farmers, and agricultural professionals, and eventually make them able to implement sustainable silvopasture practices to efficiently utilize their resources in order to benefit current as well as future generations. Experts from Tuskegee University, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, and Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be speaking at the event. Moreover, the host farmers will be sharing his experience on silvopasture-goat management system. Funding support for this event is provided by USDA/NIFA. More information about the event is presented in the Event Flyer  and Agenda.

Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by May 26, 2017. Please reserve your place by May 26 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. Working lunch will be provided to the first 30 pre-registrants.





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Master Goat Training @ Tuskegee University

Master goat producer's certification training at Tuskegee University, August 7-9, 2017; more information is available at this link: https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/caens/conferences-workshops/master-goat-training

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sustainable livestock and agroforestry operations - Publications

 Sustainable Agroforestry Practices in the Southeastern United States: Training Handbook https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/files/CAENS/Others/agroforestry/Agroforestry_Handbook.pdf
Forage Selection, Establishment, and Management in Silvopasture https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/files/CAENS/Others/agroforestry/ForageSelect.pdf
Educational Video: Sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management for goats in the Southern Region https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq9wTE7-HkA&feature=youtu.be
Sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management for goats in the Southern Region https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/files/CAENS/TUCEP/Livestock%20program/Year-RoundPasture_Handbook(1).pdf
Cool-season forages for sustainable goat production: Research highlights https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/files/CAENS/TUCEP/Livestock%20program/Winter_Forage.pdf

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day 2017

Tuskegee University 2017 Annual Goat Day is Scheduled on April 8. More information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/caens/goat_day.aspx