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USDA National Agroforestry Center

The National Agroforestry Center is a partnership with the USDA Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry units, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The center accelerates the application of agroforestry through a network of partners who conduct research, develop technologies and tools, and coordinate demonstrations and training of natural resource professionals. The Blacksburg unit of the center is focused on forest farming with non- timber forest products, particularly integrating medicinal and edible forest products under trees. Current efforts include sustainable harvest and management of ramps, an edible forest product that is embedded in Appalachian culture. Long-term research of black cohosh, a native medicinal plant, with volunteer citizen scientists is leading to recommendations on improved management of this important forest product, and training natural resource conservationists. The Forest Farming Network is working with private forest landowners to examine the potential of growing native medicinal plants under natural tree cover.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    U.S. Forest Service
    Southern Research Station

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    1992 through 2017, 25 years

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    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017


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