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NRCS Conservation Practices By State

This table lists the states that offer the following conservation practices: Alley Cropping (311), Multistory Cropping (379), Riparian Forest Buffers (391) Silvopasture Establishment (381), Windbreak Establishment (380), and Windbreak Renovation (650).

Agroforestry Practices

Agroforestry is the intentional combination of agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. These systems take advantage of the interactive benefits from integrating trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

NRCS Conservation Practice Standards for Agroforestry

Conservation Practice Standards are a key component in NRCS Conservation Plans and the delivery of Technical Assistance by NRCS to its cooperators. NRCS Financial Assistance is directly tied to these Standards, and is delivered through programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and other USDA and State conservation programs. A variety of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards can be used to implement agroforestry practices. This page focuses on the practice standards that are specific to agroforestry. Use the map below to see if your state offers standards for the following practices: Alley Cropping, Multistory Cropping (Forest Farming), Riparian Forest Buffers, Silvopasture, Windbreak Establishment, and Windbreak Renovation. More information about these state standards can be found in your state's Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

To learn which agroforestry practice standards are offered in each state, select:

  • A practice to display the states that offer the selected practice on the map
  • A state to show all agroforestry standards offered for that state

This map was updated in April 2018.

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How to find conservation practice standards in your Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)

  1. Go to the Field Office Techincal Guide County Locator or select a state on the map and select the FOTG button that appears, which takes you to the NRCS website.
  2. Select the county you would like to view.
  3. After following the link for your county, use the dropdown menu to select Section IV.
  4. Select the Conservation Practices folder and scroll to the folder regarding the appropriate practice (organized alphabetically). These folders provide documents on the standards, statements of work, job sheets, and other information related to the implementation of the practice in your state.

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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