- Nuts: pecans, walnuts
- Additional Plants: ornamentals
- Crop Production: windbreaks
- Education and Training: demonstration, extension, workshop
- Pest Management: chemical control, cultural control, disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, physical control, prevention, weed ecology
- Production Systems: agroecosystems
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
The overall objective of this SARE professional development project (PDP) was to provide
training (short-term learning) that will be the foundation of middle and long-term (ie,
career-long) interest and expertise in agroforestry and tree health. This project raised the level of
expertise of our county educators through a series of four training sessions in 2013 and the development of a new tree health (disease, insect, environmental stress) publication. Dates and sites for the workshops were selected in conjunction with our target audience of county educators who provided information on their availability. The events were designed with a goal of “train the trainer.” Evaluations showed that participants gained knowledge, skills, and abilities in the target area of focus.
Based on the challenges outlined above in the introduction, we recognized a need for professional development training for extension personnel. Our main objective was to develop and deliver this training through a series of hands-on workshops and corresponding reference information.