Developing Engaging Extension Curriculum to Enhance Food Security

Date & Time (Eastern): 
Mar 26 2020 - 1:00pm

How can Extension support practices that sustain healthy forests and rangelands, while enhancing food Security?  The rapidly growing population in the United States and the world creates food security challenges at local, regional, and national scales and threatens our ability to export important food resources to other nations. To meet these challenges U.S. farmers and ranchers need innovative approaches to increase productivity while maintaining the sustainability of the lands they manage. 

Healthy and productive forests and rangelands are the hallmark of the Renewable Resources Extension Act and essential for addressing our future food security challenges through advances in agroforestry and rangeland management practices. Successful Extension Educators transfer innovations to stakeholders via engaging curricula.

This webinar will feature the work of three successful Extension Educators:

  • Dr. John Munsell, Agroforestry and whole farm planning, Virginia Tech.
  • Gary Wyatt, Extension Educator & Extension Professor, Agroforestry, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Travis Mulliniks, Nebraska Ranch Practicum, University of Nebraska 

Join us as our three speakers share their best kept secrets to engage and educate their stakeholders in methods to sustain forest and rangeland productivity while addressing local, regional and national food security needs.

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Resource shared at this webinar:
- Resources for Southwestern agroforestry: Southwest Agroforestry Action Nework:
- Case studies on cover crops and sustainable practices: and
- Info on shade-obligate species for many regions:


During the webinar - From Robin Young to John Munsell: That is a lot of great work, thanks for sharing.
During the webinar - From Martha Monroe to John Munsell: What a fabulous and comprehensive program. This isn't a questions, I just want to say Kudos for coordinating the marketing end and making such a successful program through the whole "food" chain!
During the webinar - From Dustin Hancock to John Munsell: Do you have any sources for lists of shade obligate crops that might work in other areas?

During the webinar - From John Munsell to Dustin Hancock: Where are you located Dustin? A good resource is the recently published NTFP national assessment, but if you provide info on the region we can figure out something more specific.

During the webinar - From Dustin Hancock to John Munsell: I'm in Southern Arizona, so about as different climate from Virginia as you can get, but we have a lot of pecan Orchards and I have been trying to come up with crops that can be combined with these especially since shade is such a rare commodity in our area. Another factor besides heat is we have very alkaline soils typically pH of 8+.
During the webinar - From Retta Bruegger to John Munsell: Bridging on Dustin's question: we are in the arid west/Colorado. Are there any good examples of agroforestry in our region/from arid areas?

During the webinar - From Kate MacFarland: Some great resources are being developed for Colorado and beyond with the Southwest Agroforestry Action Newwork.

Yes, SWAAN is a great resource. Jim Allen at NAU is a leader in this group.

During the webinar - From Walt Fick to Gary Wyatt: Do you have any case studies?

This site may be helpful as well

Supported By

This work is supported by the Renewable Resources Extension Act Program [grant no. USDA-NIFA–EXCA-005457] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

United States Department of Agriculture
The project to update the 2012-2016 RREA Strategic Plan was awarded to The Rangelands Partnership in 2016.