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Volume 25, Number 3
Fall 2021

Calendar of Events

Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival
October 2nd | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST | Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center, New Franklin, MO

This year's Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival at the Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center farm will take place both in-person with safety precautions for our community and guests AND online with a newly released set of recorded presentations available on the Mizzou Agroforestry YouTube channel and other UMCA social media platforms. Those who join in-person at the New Franklin farm site will have the opportunity to taste fresh-roasted chestnuts, see the farm on a hay wagon ride, tour the Historic Hickman House, and attend live demonstrations of traditional folk skills, including...

Chestnut Field Workshop
October 2nd | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST | Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center, New Franklin, MO

This workshop will coincide with the annual Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, MO. Supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Technical Assistance, this workshop is intended for prospective, new, and beginning chestnut growers, natural resources and agriculture technical assistance providers. Spend dedicated time with experienced and expert chestnut producers and research faculty to review chestnut cultivation practices to ensure early and abundant harvests, check out equipment for manual and mechanical chestnut harvest, walk about the repository orchard with Dr. Mike Gold and Dr. Ron Revord, and share feedback about your favorite chestnut cultivars with a taste test and producer Q&A. Info and Register here:

Black Walnut Field Day
October 7th, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Southwest Research Center, Mt Vernon, MO

We will demonstrate the use of a new walk-behind black walnut harvester, and our new tree shaker that shakes from higher in the tree to prevent damage. We will also demonstrate larger scale harvesters and hullers for this year's nut crop and share research presentations from faculty and associated graduate students who are working with black walnut. Value-added black walnut products will be available for tasting. Register here:

Advanced Natural Beekeeping with Dr. Leo & Kirk Webster
October 30th , 2021 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm | West Plains, MO

Learn from Kirk Webster, the legend of natural beekeeping, and Dr. Leo Sharashkin, Editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile. This full-day program will inspire you with the limitless opportunities of natural beekeeping, and will show practical time-tested ways to achieve BIG success whether you have a few hives or a thousand. Register at

Southern Iowa Agroforestry Field Tour
October 2nd, 2021 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Unionville, IA

Join Trees Forever, the Iowa Nut Growers Association, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Indian Hills Community College, IA DNR Forestry, and partners for an exciting Fall Field Tour of several agroforestry sites in Southern Iowa. Learn about forest management, invasive species, nut production and tour the IA Nut Growers Association research plot at Indian Hills Community College where varieties of chestnut, pecan, hickory, hazelnut, black walnut and more are growing. Plans include a visit to a large chestnut operation in production that also sells seedlings. Don't miss out on your chance to learn more about agroforestry opportunities from those that are engaged in the business growing trees and shrubs. Jeff Jensen will present on the IA Hazelnut Project, and how folks can get involved growing some cutting edge plant varieties being tested for commercial production. Additional information and registration:

Agroforestry Walk and Talk
October 16th, 2021 | 10:00 am -12:00 pm | Sun Dappled Farm | Peoria, IL

Join Illinois Community Agroforestry Kaitie Adams and the Savanna Institute Demonstration Farm Field Crew for a walk & talk at Sun Dappled Farm, just outside of Peoria. Learn the history of the landscape, its soil health challenges, and opportunities for revitalization through restorations, tree crops, and agroforestry practices. Register here:

Join NCR-SARE for Farmer Rancher Grant Webinar
October 6th, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CDT | NCR-SARE | Online

This webinar will help guide participants through submitting a grant proposal to NCR-SARE's Farmer Rancher grant program. Join Joan Benjamin, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, to learn how to write a strong proposal and project budget and where to get help. Registration is not required. Join the webinar here:

Hunger and Emergency Food Assistance During Covid: Preliminary Results from the 2021 Missouri and Kansas Hunger Studies
October 20th, 2021 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am | Division of Applied Social Sciences at MU | Online

The Engaging 4 MO webinar series, presented by the Division of Applied Social Sciences, will offer research-based insights that leaders like you can apply in your own work to benefit and strengthen the state's agriculture and food system, hospitality sector and communities. This presentation features Bill McKelvey, senior project coordinator, and Darren Chapman, project coordinator, with the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, MU Division of Applied Social Sciences. Register here:

5th World Agroforestry Conference
July 17th-20th, 2022 | Quebec City, Canada

The 5th World Congress on Agroforestry: Transitioning to a Viable World will be held over July 17th through the 20th. This congress will be an opportunity to stimulate an open and inclusive dialogue between various stakeholders from around the world including farmers, researchers, advisors, policy makers, and representatives from the government, the civil society and the private sector. Considering agroforestry participates in enhancing soil health, protecting water quality, increasing biodiversity, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and providing food security, health and revenues, it is an essential component of the needed ecological, energetic, social and economic transition. This critical transition can and must be achieved through a participatory collaboration process that helps building bridges between research, policy decisions and field work. The 5th World Congress on Agroforestry will help creating or strengthening those connections by promoting knowledge sharing for a transition to a unified and healthy world.

The call for abstracts to participate in the 5th World Congress on Agroforestry 2022: Transitioning to a Viable World is now open!

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