Cornell University hosted the fifth North American Agroforestry Conference August 3-6. Over 115 participants from throughout the US and Canada, plus several overseas countries, attended the conference at Ithaca, New York.
Cornell University is a center of active research on the development of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) as a high-value forest farming product in the hardwood forests of eastern North America. An update on several current research projects was featured during the recent fifth North American Agroforestry Conference at Cornell.
Ginseng research is being conducted at the Arnot Forest near Ithaca, New York, which is managed by the Cornell Dept. of Natural Resources. Sugar maples at Arnot Forest are managed for maple syrup production, and ginseng is a compatible understory crop which benefits from the shade, leaf litter nutrients and improved soil moisture provided by the maple trees.