A special bus tour will visit Midwestern agroforestry research and demonstration sites from 23 - 25 June, 2004. The tour will leave from and return to Columbia, Missouri, and follow an itinerary that showcases both research demonstrations and on-farm applications of temperate agroforestry practices including windbreaks, riparian forest buffers, forest farming, alley cropping, and silvopasture in Missouri and Iowa.
Sponsored by the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, the USDA National Agroforestry Center, and the Iowa State University Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, the tour is offered as part of the First World Congress of Agroforestry. However, participants in this tour are NOT required to also register for the First World Congress.
|Silvopasture is one of the agroforestry practices participants will see during the Midwestern Agroforestry Tour, June 23-25. (Photo courtesy UMCA)|
Tour highlights include stops at the Iowa State University Bear Creek Riparian Buffer Demonstration site located near Ames, IA; the University of Missouri Greenley and Ross Jones Farms, and two Missouri Department of Conservation demonstrations located in Novelty, MO; and the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center located in New Franklin, MO.
The tour motor coach is scheduled to depart from Columbia at 7:00 am on Wednesday, 23 June and return to Columbia the evening of Friday, 25 June. The registration fee is $300 or $350 and includes motor coach transportation, en-route hotel accommodations in double ($300 per person) or private rooms ($350 per person) for two nights, refreshments and all meals, a set of Center for Agroforestry videos on the five practices and an agroforestry training manual.
Columbia is located in central Missouri and is approximately 100 miles (160 km) from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It is recommended that participants fly into that airport on 22 June 2004 and fly out of the airport on 26 or 27 June to Orlando.
Detailed tour information, online tour registration, and secure online tour fee payment option with a Visa, Master Card or Discover Card, is available under "Upcoming Events" on the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry website located at www.centerforagroforestry.org. For visitors from outside the USA wishing to register with an international Visa, Master Card, or Discover card, or to arrange for a wire money transfer, please contact the tour coordinator.
By Julie Rhoads
University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry