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So Many Trees to Choose From

A popular catch-phrase in agroforestry circles is “the right tree in the right place for the right reason.” This newsletter highlights a variety of considerations for identifying and acquiring productive plants to achieve producer goals.

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Current Info Sheet

Can alley cropping support soil health?

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Current Info Sheet

Can windbreaks benefit your soil health management system?

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the National Agroforestry Center…

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USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework FY2019-2024

Just Released!

Posted April 26, 2019

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To help agroforestry reach its full potential in the United States, USDA is encouraging the widespread adoption of agroforestry practices on farms, ranches, and woodlands. To further strengthen these efforts, USDA is releasing its five-year strategy to ensure that land managers and producers throughout the nation have access to the latest tools, information, and technical and financial resources that support agroforestry.

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USDA National Agroforestry Center 2018 Highlights

Posted April 19, 2019

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Throughout fiscal year 2018, the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accomplished a wide range of work across our three areas of focus: enhancing understanding of ecosystem services provided by agroforestry, understanding human dimensions of agroforestry, and promoting agroforestry education, networks, and support. Take a look at what NAC accomplished!

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Guide to USDA Agroforestry Research Funding Opportunities

Posted December 11, 2018

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This guide provides an overview of external agroforestry research funding opportunities offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, including NIFA, NRCS, and AMS. This guide is intended for researchers and academics pursuing funding opportunities for research in agroforestry. The guide includes examples of agroforestry research projects funded through these programs.

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

 

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