Agroforestry

Agroforestry incorporates at least several plant species into a given land area and creates a more complex habitat than those found in conventional agricultural or forestry situations. These habitats can produce a wider range of marketable products, create more sustainable business models and support a wider variety of birds, insects and other animals in the environment. There is enormous potential for economic benefit to practitioners and environmental benefit to the land; however, it is a system of practices that is usually only somewhat employed in most current applications. This is changing as producers, stakeholders, agencies and university researchers are coming together to collaborate and coordinate initiatives, and to leverage public funding to promote agroforestry as a mainstream value-added practice where agricultural cropping, forestry and production-system analysis come together in highly integrated and complementary systems.