Agroforestry is a sustainable land management system which combines the production of perennial and annual crops as well as forest plants and livestock simultaneously or sequentially on the same unit of land to increase yield, realize ecological benefits, and maximize ecosystem services.

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

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