CINRAM is a partner-based organization that catalyzes the development and adoption of integrated land use systems. CINRAM links the expertise of the University of Minnesota with the experience and insights of people and organizations who work with, and have an understanding of, opportunities and issues across the landscape.
We do so by:
- Coordinating and implementing research and extension projects related to agroforestry and other integrated land use systems. Focus is on applied research on the financial impacts of specific agricultural and land use practices, so that farmers and landowners can evaluate potential profits of specific practices. Particular emphasis and experience with economic and financial analysis of growing hybrid poplar as an alternative agricultural crop.
- Linking University educators, public agency staff, landowners, business people, and others interested in integrated land use;
- Promoting and conducting educational and training activities throughout Minnesota;
- Serving as a clearinghouse and referral center for agroforestry and integrated natural resources and agricultural management;
- Encouraging a landscape level, integrated watershed approach in natural resources and agricultural management.
At CINRAM, we encourage practices that use the land to meet both present needs and to protect its long-term integrity. We build awareness of, and appreciation for, connections that already exist--between field, forest and town, producer and consumer, land use and water quality, families and farms, and between urban and rural communities.
We encourage profitable technologies and practices that mesh diverse land uses--crop production and water quality maintenance, agroforestry and wildlife protection, livestock production, and soil enhancement.
We create connections among individuals--researchers and farmers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, and local government leaders and the University faculty, landowners and environmentalists, industry representatives and public agency staff--who help make and implement land use decision.
The result: new links that lead to approaches which simultaneously nurture profitable businesses, thriving communities, and a healthy environment.
For more information, contact us:
University of Minnesota
115 Green Hall
1530 Cleveland Ave. North
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone: (612) 624-4299 / 7418 / 4296
Fax: (612) 625-5212