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Silvopasture Works! Join us at the Solon Dixon Center

Silvopasture is an agricultural practice co-managing trees, forage, and livestock.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo

Silvopasture is an agricultural practice co-managing trees, forage, and livestock. Photo credit: Doug Mayo

What is Silvopasture?  According to the National Agroforestery Center, Silvopasture combines trees with forage and livestock production. The trees are managed for high-value sawlogs and, at the same time, provide shade and shelter for livestock and forage, reducing stress and sometimes increasing forage production. In plantations of conifers or hardwoods for timber or Christmas trees, managed grazing provides added products and income. Some nut and fruit orchards may also be grazed.

If you are interested in learning more about silvopasture, Alabama Cooperative Extension is offering field tours and classroom lectures.  This event will highlight the management of trees, forage, livestock, wildlife and non-timber forest products on this diverse system. For those certified foresters, CFEs will be Available: Cat 1 – 4 hours, and Cat 2 – 2 hours.   The event will be held on April 24 – 1 pm – 5 pm through April 25 – 8 am – 4 pm at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.

The Solon Dixon Center is located at 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL 36420.  Please register online by clicking HERE.  For more information, contact Dr. Becky Barlow at 334-844-1019 or by email at RJB0003@aces.edu.  agroforestry

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Author: Libbie Johnson – libbiej@ufl.edu

Agriculture agent at UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/

Panhandle Agriculture

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