Upcoming Snow Control Webinars

University of Minnesota Extension educators will be presenting two webinars on snow control next month. Plan to join us online December 2 for information about snow control tools (10-10:45 am) and using willows as a living snow fence (1-1:45 pm). SNOW CONTROL TOOLS 10:00—10:45 ƒam Cost-Benefit Tool (value of these snow control measures) • Modifying road ditches • Planting living snow […]

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Announcing the 2015 Minnesota Agroforestry Institute (June 24-26, 2015)

Agroforestry is a land management approach that provides opportunities to combine productivity and profitability with environmental stewardship, resulting in healthy and sustainable forestry and agricultural systems. To be offered on June 24-26, 2015 in Pine River, MN, the Minnesota Agroforestry Institute is a three-day training that includes classroom workshops and on-farm visits focusing on agroforestry practices. The Institute will provide […]

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The 2015 North American Agroforestry Conference (May 31-June 3)

Agroforestry, the practice of integrating trees, crops/or livestock together as an intensive management unit, is considered as a catalyst for on-farm conservation and diversification. On behalf of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry (www.aftaweb.org) and the UMN Extension Forestry Program, we invite interested persons to submit abstracts for the 14th North American Agroforestry Conference via email to agroforestry2015@gmail.com. The 2015 North American […]

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Extension’s 2013 Bioenergy Webinar Series

The University of Minnesota Extension will offer 7 web-based seminars, or “webinars” on bioenergy, in 2013.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. Continuing Education Credits are available for SAF Foresters, Stewardship Plan Preparers and others who […]

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Expiring Conservation Reserve Program Options

Over 292,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Minnesota will be expiring from this USDA program on September 30, 2012. Conservationists are concerned that many of these CRP acres which have been planted to native grasses and forbs may be converted to annual row crops due to economic land use practices and returns. This conversion will potentially increase […]

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2013 Extension Bioenergy Webinar Series: Recordings

More information about the University of Minnesota Extension’s 2013 Bioenergy webinar series. Recordings: Wood Markets, and Past, Present and Future Processing Plants: An outlook of Woody Biomass Industry in Minnesota Presenter: Steve VonGroven, Minnesota DNR Forestry Utilization and Marketing. Recorded August 26, 2013 Click here to watch a complete recording now.  After watching, please complete our quick feedback form. __________ Benefits […]

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Extension’s Fall 2011 woody biomass webinar series

The University of Minnesota Extension will offer 7 web-based seminars, or “webinars” on woody biomass, in fall 2011.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. Everybody is welcome to attend.  There is no charge, but pre-registration is […]

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Winter Habitat for Pheasants

Establishing good winter habitat for pheasants is often neglected until there is a devastating winter blizzard or ice storm, when it is too late to help the pheasant population.  When spring weather melts the snow drifts and landscapes become green, it is easy to again forget to make appropriate winter habitat available for pheasants to survive the next winter. Plan now […]

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Extension’s 2011 woodland webinar series

Update:  The 2011 UMN Extension Woodland Webinar series is now over.  Complete recordings of all of this year’s presentations are linked below.  This year’s series was a big success, with registration and attendance substantially higher than last year.  Feedback was overwhelmingly positive:  We heard that webinars are more convenient and less expensive for participants.  Many of you valued the opportunity […]

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2010 outlook for forest biomass availability in Minnesota

The growing interest and investment in forest biomass for energy production in Minnesota has created the need for accurate estimates of supply. This study, conducted by researchers at the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota estimates the total physical supply of residual forest biomass in Minnesota using a spreadsheet based Forest Age Class Change Simulator (FACCS) to […]

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