Agroforestry is a land management system that optimizes the benefits from the biological interaction created when trees and/or shrubs are deliberately combined with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry incorporates perennial crops into a traditionally annual crop system.

Practices in agroforestry include:

  • Forest Farming
  • Alley Cropping
  • Silvopasture
  • Riparian Buffers (Working Buffers)
  • Windbreaks

Benefits of agroforestry include:

  • Combination of economic production with environmental protection
  • Increased potential to increase production and profitability
  • Providing diversity and flexibility into a production system
  • Increases in wildlife and beneficial insect habitat
  • Creates a more sustainable system
  • Carbon sequestration