6th Annual Agroforestry Symposium

The MU Center for Agroforestry will once again welcome the public to the 6th Annual Agroforestry Symposium on Jan. 8, 2015. The free event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union, located on the MU Campus in Columbia. This year’s theme, “Climate-Smart Agriculture: the Role of Agroforestry,” will feature informational talks on topics about silvopasture, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, development of climate-smart soybeans and restoration agriculture in how trees can help.

The day will conclude with a landowner discussion panel featuring Missouri producers and a poster session in the nearby Eyler Room.

Symposium Schedule

8:30 a.m. — Registration, coffee, pastries.

9:00 a.m.  —  Introduction: Dr. Shibu Jose, Director, The Center for Agroforestry

9:05 a.m. —  Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Linit, Senior Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

9:15-10:00 a.m. —  Keynote: Agroforestry for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Dr. Thomas Sauer, Assistant Director of the Midwest Climate Hub, USDA ARS, Ames, Iowa.

10:00-10:30 a.m. —  Perennial Grains: Climate-Smart by Design, Dr. Lee DeHaan, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas

10:30-11:00 a.m. —  Silvopasture: Creating Climate-Smart Pastoral Systems, Dr. Robert Kallenbach, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri.

11:00-11:30 a.m. —  Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Agroforestry Way, Ms. Janet Chappell, North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA ARS, Raleigh, North Carolina

11:30-12:00 p.m. —  Developing Climate-Smart Soybeans: Dr. Babu Valliyodan & Dr. Henry Nguyen, National Soybean Biotechnology Center, University of Missouri

12:00-1:30 p.m. —  Lunch, on your own.

1:30-2:00 p.m. —  Restoration Agriculture: The Role of Trees, Mr. Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture Development, Viola, Wisconsin

2:00-2:30 p.m. —  The Human Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Dr. Jere Gilles, Division of Applied Social Science, University of Missouri

2:30-3:30 p.m. —  Landowner Panel Discussion: Mr. Bill Stouffer, Napton, MO; Mr. John Buchanan, ValleyFalls, KS; Mr. Eric Reuter, Harrisburg, MO; Mr. Brian Tomazi, Cuba, MO; Moderator: Dr. Mike Gold, Associate Director, The Center for Agroforestry