Trees on the Farm - Creative Use of Land - Day 1 - 9th July - 10am - 4pm
This exchange will be centred around trees and their role on a farm. Traditionally, we have separated farming and forestry. This exchange aims to propose and discuss the integration of trees in agriculture as an agroforestry exchange. It will feature a discussion led by Ireland's leading specialist on agroforestry - Dr Jim McAdam - who will discuss the option of integrating trees into farmland, and also integrating animals into forest plantations. Dr McAdam will explain how the integration of these two systems can benefit both the farmer and the environment.
Dr Jim McAdam.
Artist: John Gerrard
Dr Jim McAdam
One of the founding members of the Irish Agroforestry Forum, Dr Jim McAdam is an agricultural scientist specialising in agri–environment measures and in the potential for agroforestry systems to deliver across a range of ecosystems. A former project leader at the pioneering Loughgall Agroforestry site, his focus is on adapting to land–use demands for energy cropping: shifting agriculture from a dominance of livestock production to a more balanced, sustainable farm structure with greater emphasis on crop production than at present.