AFTA members should be excitedly anticipated a great three-day conference in Ames, Iowa this summer. See the website below for details.
The conference title is “Agroforestry as a Catalyst for On-Farm Conservation and Diversification” and it will take place at the Holiday Inn Conference Center at the Iowa State University campus. The website also lists other nearby accommodation options.
Climate change is expected to affect crop yields in Quebec. A project underway at Laval University has been studying the impacts of tree-based intercropping on biodiversity, hydrology, microclimate and root distribution, as well as yield and profitability, as a way of adapting to climate change.
The research sites include different crops growing between rows of hybrid poplar or red oak. Over two years, the research group measured crop biomass, tree growth, root distribution, light, soil biochemistry, microbial resilience, density of soil microarthropods, and soil water content. The value of ecosystem services was also quantified, and an agroforestry model simulating these systems for different climatic scenarios was calibrated.
In Canada, it has been estimated that 90% of the biomass available for biofuels is lignocellulosic. Within this context, the viability of the biofuel / biomass industry will depend on an uninterrupted supply of feedstock for the conversion of lignocellulose to biofuel or for direct combustion to derive heat and/or electricity. Therefore, long-term research trials are essential in various eco-regions, especially those with marginal soils (Canada Land Inventory classes 3 and 4). These trials provide an opportunity to determine the productivity and sustainability of woody biomass under various conditions.
|Registration Type||Early Registration ($ USD) Deadline: March 15th 2015||Regular registration ($ USD) Deadline: May 15th 2015|
|AFTA Member - Student||150||200|
|Non-AFTA Member Student||200||250|
|1 day registration: June 1st||100||125|
|1 day registration: June 2nd (Field Tour)||125||150|
|1 day registration: June 3rd||50||75|
*AFTA memberships can be purchased at the time of registration at $35 USD for a regular membership or $15 USD for a student membership.