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How can agroforestry help landowners adapt to increased rain intensity?

Climate Change


Climate change is a growing international concern. Evidence suggests that the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has caused, and will continue to cause, incremental warming. This has potential to hurt agricultural producers. For example, increased frequency and intensity of droughts and floods may lead to yield reductions or crop losses. However, landowners can make a positive difference by implementing agroforestry. Trees and shrubs on agricultural lands can can take carbon dioxide out of the air and "store" it in stems and roots. By taking steps to help protect our future quality of life, landowners can also enhance current production and achieve conservation objectives.

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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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