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Explore Opportunities for Livestock with Silvopasture Management
Iowa Ag Connection - 02/23/2021

Silvopasture management is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar Feb. 24.

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that involves intentionally managing livestock, trees and forage in the same productive space. There are several strategies to implementing silvopasture, and the wide variety of strategies depends on the space, animals and trees being managed. During this webinar, Ashley Conway, assistant research professor at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, will provide a brief introduction to silvopasture management.

"Despite being a very old practice, silvopasture is gaining mainstream momentum as a way to raise livestock that enhances economic and environmental resiliency," said Conway. She hopes webinar participants will gain a strong understanding of what silvopasture is, and also what does not constitute a silvopasture system.

Conway is working to develop a research program investigating the logistical, economic, environmental and social dynamics of silvopasture systems in Missouri and the Midwest through the lens of efficient and responsible animal production.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12 p.m. CST on Feb. 24:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: Or, go to and enter meeting ID 364-284-172.

Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1-312-626-6799 or +1-646-876-9923, meeting ID 364-284-172.

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK Inc.

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