Agroforestry Symposium To Be Livestreamed In Ste. Genevieve

Each year in late January, the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri (UMCA) hosts its annual Agroforestry Symposium.

The 11th annual University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium will be on Thursday, January 30, 2020 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia and will focus on value-added processing and products.

The theme for this year’s event is: “Show Me More! Value-Added Processing for Missouri Agriculture and Forestry.”

The free symposium will be livestreamed in Ste. Genevieve at the Progress Sports Complex, Room B, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

“The annual Agroforestry Symposium is an opportunity to bring together a range of talent — including researchers, practitioners, producers, policy-makers and private-sector leadership — to explore in-depth and showcase a compelling agroforestry-related theme,” said Gregory Ormsby Mori, Center for Agroforestry outreach coordinator.

 The symposium kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with introductions by Dr. Sarah Lovell, director of the Center for Agroforestry, and Dr. Christopher Daubert, vice chancellor and dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, will follow at 8:45 a.m. with a presentation titled “Missouri Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative”

 “We’re thrilled to welcome Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe to the symposium,” Ormsby Mori said. “This will get the event off to a great start.”

Kehoe will be followed by a diverse lineup of presenters and panelists throughout the day. They will explore a range of topics related to value-added opportunities for Missouri producers and processors.

For a complete list of speakers and topics, please visit the Symposium page on the  Center for Agroforestry website.

“The symposium has something for everyone,” Ormsby Mori said. “We have an incredible lineup of speakers and topics, and we’re excited to have some great discussions.”

The MU Center for Agroforestry was established in 1998 and is one of the world’s leading center’s contributing to the science underlying agroforestry.

For more information, please contact Katie Kammler at the University of Missouri Extension Office in Ste. Genevieve, 573-883-3548, or by e-mail at [email protected]

(Information in a release from the University of Missouri Extension.)

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