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Recent Publication

Posted by Joe Orefice on December 2, 2016 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

I would like to make everyone aware of my most recent publication. It presents forage production information from our silvopasture research in New York.…

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New publication

Posted by Joe Orefice on November 9, 2016 at 4:42pm 7 Comments

Here's a link to the latest paper my colleagues and I have published on silvopasture.  

"Soil and understory plant dynamics during conversion of forest to silvopasture, open pasture, and woodlot" in Agroforestry Systems…

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World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016

Posted by Joe Orefice on October 24, 2016 at 1:13pm 1 Comment

I'm recently back from the World Congress of Silvo-Pastoral Systems held in Evora, Portugal. It was an excellent and inspiring conference. Here are some of the main conclusions from the event organizers (http://www.silvopastoral2016.uevora.pt/):…

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Online Course in Woodlot Management from Cornell Small Farms

Posted by Steve Gabriel on August 17, 2016 at 3:11pm 0 Comments

Want to get more from your woods? Take a six-week online Woodlot Management course with the Cornell Small Farms Program with extension forester Peter Smallidge and Extension Agroforestry Specialist Steve Gabriel.



Examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health.



The course runs September 27 to November 1, with weekly…

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Greg Brickner is now a member of silvopasture
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Sam Bosco posted a discussion

Silvo-pasturing and mutli-species stocking in tropical Andean foothills

Greetings,I have a family member who is an organic, pastured cattle rancher in somewhat southern Colombia (~3-4 degrees N of the equator).He is very concerned with his grass health and would like to be able to grow lush grass. Currently he is able to graze his cattle in one spot, three times over the course of a year. He has a lot of land ~800ha.He would like to raise other animals, hoping that it would be improve his sward health and bring more value to his land. He is also interested in…See More
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Sam Bosco is now a member of silvopasture
Tuesday
John S. Weedon posted a discussion

Tree Selection Models

Species recommendations for farmers planting trees in pastures usually assumes the weather in 25 years will be the same as today. Given climate change, that assumption is likely incorrect.Is anyone aware of species distribution models (SDM) that farmers might be able to use easily to help decide which trees will survive and thrive for a specific site under various climate scenarios?  Or, if SDM aren't the appropriate tool, what could farmers and agroforesters use to glimpse the future?See More
Monday
Ricardo Zachrisson C. replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures
"Rotation practices change constantly as we work the forest (pruning, thinning or final cutting), also it changes drastically on the type of tree growing in the forrest. We rotate based on observation of the fields, it has been unworkable to plan in…"
Dec 2
Joe Orefice posted a blog post

Recent Publication

I would like to make everyone aware of my most recent publication. It presents forage production information from our silvopasture research in New York.…See More
Dec 2
John S. Weedon posted an event
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Multi-functional Buffers and the NTFP Calculator: Insight from Appalachian Sustainable Development at Webinar

December 2, 2016 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Traditional riparian forest buffers help protect our waterways by reducing agricultural run-off and soil loss while also providing shade and woody debris to enhance wildlife habitat. Multi-functional riparian buffers build on this idea by also allowing landowners to grow a perennial food crop in the buffer zone. Join us for the third installment of the NEMA Agroforestry Webinar Series, with Emily Lachiniet and Katie Commender of Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD).To register, click on…See More
Nov 29
Joe Orefice commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"Brett, There were no soil amendments added. This was intentional because I am also interested in the long-term change in pH as the site transitions to pasture. I expect pH will rise some but how much I really don't know. There's no doubt…"
Nov 28
Brett Chedzoy commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"Joe, There were no soil amendment treatments in the study, correct?  As we learn more about growing forages under trees, it will be interesting to see how nutritional quality is influenced by available Ca, pH, excess aluminum and other…"
Nov 28
Tom Fitzpatrick is now a member of silvopasture
Nov 26
Angus Johnson is now a member of silvopasture
Nov 22
John S. Weedon commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"Excellent. Looking forward to the results."
Nov 21
Joe Orefice commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"My funding ran out in 2014 so I did not continue to collect data on these plots. However, I'm collaborating with the team from UNH and they have started to re-sample these plots in addition to collecting some new data. They've installed…"
Nov 21
John S. Weedon commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"Thanks for the information. Have you continued to collect data from the plots beyond 2014?"
Nov 21
Joe Orefice commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"John, I did not fence off any trees, the whole plot was open for grazing. However, livestock were only in each paddock for a maximum of 2 days with at least a 30 day rest period. Also, trees were about 60' tall and over 6" in…"
Nov 21
John S. Weedon commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"Thanks, Joe, for sharing your research paper. I was curious about a couple of things. In the silvopasture treatments, did you fence off any of the trees to prevent damage or was the entire plot open and available for grazing? Also, were there any…"
Nov 21
 
 
 

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Silvo-pasturing and mutli-species stocking in tropical Andean foothills

Started by Sam Bosco on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Greetings,I have a family member who is an organic, pastured cattle rancher in somewhat southern Colombia (~3-4 degrees N of the equator).He is very concerned with his grass health and would like to…Continue

Tree Selection Models

Started by John S. Weedon on Monday. 0 Replies

Species recommendations for farmers planting trees in pastures usually assumes the weather in 25 years will be the same as today. Given climate change, that assumption is likely incorrect.Is anyone…Continue

The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Ricardo Zachrisson C. Dec 2. 1 Reply

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts…Continue

Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture

Started by Ben Dube. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 14. 5 Replies

Hello all,My name is Ben Dube, and I am a PhD student in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. I’m interested in the public environmental benefits (for example: protection of surface…Continue

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