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Additional Applications

Additional applications are “new twists” to familiar agroforestry practices. These are tree and shrub plantings that can help solve special resource concerns, provide benefits not commonly associated with agroforestry practices, or are plantings used in nontraditional locations like the rural-urban interface or within communities.

Some additional applications include the utilization of wastewater to produce a short rotation woody crop, plantings to help stabilize streambanks and floodplains, buffers to reduce noise and support pollinators, windbreaks to mitigate odor from livestock operations, living snow fences to manage drifting snow along roads, practices to provide energy conservation and production, and plantings producing edible fruits and nuts.

Bumblebee on a flower.
Riparian forest buffers and other agroforestry applications can support pollinators.
(USDA Natural Agroforestry Center photo)
Buffer of trees and shrubs planted around a poultry barn.
Simulation of an odor control buffer around a poultry barn.
(USDA Natural Agroforestry Center photo)
Spray cart spraying wastewater between rows of poplar trees.
Planting poplars can be used as a wastewater management technique.
(USDA Natural Agroforestry Center photo)
NRCS employee looking at coffee berries on the trees.
Riparian forest buffers can also be used to produce edible nuts and fruits.
(USDA Natural Resources Conservation photo)

These types of agroforestry applications can have particular relevance at the rural-urban interface, where they can provide significant environmental benefits while allowing the land to remain economically and socially productive. Agroforestry can also support green infrastructure networks. This connectivity helps filter and reduce storm water runoff, provides travel corridors for wildlife, creates recreational space, and improves air and water quality for the whole watershed. These plantings can also provide locally sourced food. Cumulatively, these functions contribute to the overall health and sustainability of a community and its neighbors.

Additional applications will continually be developed as people find new and innovative uses for agroforestry science and technology.

Information Sheets

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      Inside Agroforestry

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        So Many Trees To Choose From

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      • Inside Agroforestry

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        Agroforestry: Part Of A Sustainable Future For Agriculture

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        Green Infrastructure: Reconnecting Agriculture And Communitites

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      • Inside Agroforestry

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        Alley Cropping: 20/20 Vision For Farming's Future

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        Spring 2000

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        Spring 1998

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        Summer 1997

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        Fall 1997

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        Winter 1994

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        Spring 1994

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      Agroforestry Notes

      • Agroforestry Note

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        Biotechnical Streambank Protection

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Planning Biotechnical Streambank Protection

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Planning And Design Considerations For Hybrid Poplar Timberbelts

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Wastewater Management Using Hybrid Poplar

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Waterbreaks: Managed Trees For The Floodplain

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Opportunities For Growing Short-Rotation Woody Crops In Agroforestry Practices

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      • Agroforestry Note

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        Establishment And Cultural Guidelines For Using Hybrid Tree Species In Agroforestry Plantings

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      Research

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