Instructor(s): Lord Ameyah
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Cross-listings: PLAS 418, NRES 417, NRES 817
Prerequisites: 12 hours biological or agricultural sciences.
Description: The roles of woody plants in sustainable agricultural systems of temperate regions. Emphasis on the ecological and economic benefits of trees and shrubs in the agricultural landscape. Topics include: habitat diversity and biological control; shelterbelts structure, function, benefits and design; intercropping systems; silvopastoral systems; riparian systems; and production of timber and specialty crops. Comparison of temperate agroforestry systems to those of tropical areas
Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives
- Describe the five agroforestry practices used in the United States (i.e. Alleycropping, Forest Farming/Multi-story Cropping, Silvopasture, Riparian Forest Buffers and Windbreaks) and their contextual suitability.
- Analyze the environmental, social, and economic foundations of agroforestry practices.
- Evaluate natural resource concerns as they relate to agroforestry practices.
- Demonstrate knowledge of existing landowner financial and technical assistance opportunities associated with natural resource concerns and agroforestry practices.
- Recognize the importance of forest management plans and its applicability to agroforestry practice.