Training opportunities to achieve healthy soils and carbon sequestration have been implemented and more opportunities are planned as this section discusses.
The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) is a non-profit organization that is continually evolving to meet the growing demand among producers, Conservation Districts, and other key partners for Carbon Farm Plan development. CCI has worked with the Colorado State University COMET team to develop an on-line, multi-module carbon farm planning education platform designed to be paired with guided training with the CCI Staff. The curriculum was first launched in 2020 to scale carbon farm planning education and training opportunities for students, farmers and ranchers, conservationists, and natural resource management agencies.
Its “Café Hours” recording section provides various webinars on carbon farming topics such as biochar, composting, silvopasture, carbon on dairy farms, and many other topics.
Heat and Drought Resilience Training for Oregon Agriculture Professionals coming this November!
This series is brought to you by Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network and the 2023 Planning Team. Webinar content was designed based on feedback and lessons learned from last year’s train the trainer event. Zoom registration.
Questions? Contact event organizer, Carly Boyer, Program Manager at Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvopasture is the deliberate integration of trees and grazing livestock operations on the same land. These systems are intensively managed for both forest products and forage, providing both short- and long-term income sources.
Well-managed silvopastures employ agronomic principals, typically including introduced or native pasture grasses, fertilization and nitrogen-fixing legumes, and rotational grazing systems that employ short grazing periods that maximize vegetative plant growth and harvest. The annual grazing income helps cash flow the tree operation while the tree crop matures and creates easy access if and when the trees or tree products are harvested. While these systems can require a number of management activities, the benefits can make it worthwhile.
Silvopasture systems introduce forage into a woodland or tree plantation or introduce trees into a pasture. Rotational grazing is a key management activity when using silvopasture and can also increase wildlife diversity.