Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Agroforestry Grants

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program funds many grants that support research and outreach in agroforestry. These include grants targeted at farmers/ranchers, professional development, and partnerships. Such efforts can inform decisions regarding agroforestry implementation and research. This table catalogues and indexes many SARE projects related to agroforestry. It also links to the overview of each project provided in the SARE project database. Use this tool to search past projects by agroforestry practice, state, date, and project type. If you know of additional SARE-funded projects that should be added to this catalogue, or would like to provide feedback, please contact Kate MacFarland.

Thank you to David Livingstone and Nicolas Manzi from the University of Nebraska for their help with compiling this information in June 2018.

Agroforestry Practice Title State Year Project Type
GeneralA Comparative Study of Low Input and High Input Taro Production in American Pacific with Special Reference to Pest ControlHawaii1989Research and Education
GeneralA Mid-South Conference on LISA-Related Agroforestry Practices and PoliciesArkansas1990Research and Education
WindbreakImpact of Tree Windbreaks on Distribution of Insect Pests and their Natural Enemies in Sustainable Agricultural SystemsNebraska1992Research and Education
Riparian Forest BufferAn Integrated Riparian Management System to Control Agricultural Pollution and Enhance Wildlife HabitatIowa1993Research and Education
Alley CroppingSustaining Row Crop and Fine Hardwood Productivity through Alley Cropping: On-Farm Demonstration, Research, and Economic Evaluation of an Integrated SystemIndiana1994Research and Education
GeneralTraining “Agents” in On-Farm Implementation of Sustainable Management Systems for Tropical Agriculture in Hawaii and the Pacific RegionHawaii1994Professional Development Program
GeneralComparing Farming Systems with Different Strategies and Input Levels: A Research/Education Program with Replicated Micro-FarmsNebraska1994Research and Education
Alley CroppingOrchard Alley Cropping the Subhumid TropicsHawaii1995Research and Education
Riparian Forest BufferThe Impact of Riparian Vegetation Filters on Western Soil and Water Quality: Nonpoint-Source Pollutants from Range and CroplandsWyoming1996Research and Education
GeneralPeople to People: Sustainable Agriculture Networking for Farmers and Rural CommunitiesMinnesota1996Research and Education
WindbreakMultiple-Use Borderlands: An Educational and Demonstration ProjectIndiana1996Research and Education
GeneralNorth Central Sustainable Agriculture Training ProgramNebraska1997Professional Development Program
WindbreakWiersema Dairy Agroforestry ProjectIdaho1998Farmer/Rancher
GeneralDeer Damage Abatement Research ProjectIowa1998Farmer/Rancher
GeneralIntroducing Alternative Crops Into Traditional Cotton-Grain Farming to Aid Transition To “Freedom to Farm” AgricultureTexas1998Research and Education
GeneralCovering New Ground: Tropical Cover Crops for Improving Soil QualityHawaii1998Professional Development Program
GeneralLow Environmental Impact Establishment of Hybrid Poplar PlantationMinnesota1998Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureFeasibility of Agroforestry System using Management Intensive Grazing in Eastern Black Walnut PlantationMissouri1998Research and Education
GeneralDemonstrating the Benefits of Agroforestry Practices on Family FarmsPuerto Rico1999Farmer/Rancher
GeneralBrambles and Sassafras AgroforestryMissouri1999Farmer/Rancher
GeneralPropagation of Superior, Straight Growing Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia, ‘Haudenosaunee’) through AgroforestryNew York1999Farmer/Rancher
GeneralRehabilitation of Degraded Savannah LandFederated state of Micronesia1999Farmer/Rancher
WindbreakCrop-bearing Windbreak/Shelterbelt ProjectIowa1999Farmer/Rancher
GeneralMaking the Farm Profitable Using AgroforestryWest Virginia1999Farmer/Rancher
GeneralAgroforestry & Forest Management: Sustaining Small Farms & Creating Learning Communities in the NortheastNew York2000Professional Development Program
GeneralSoutheast Iowa Agroforestry DemonstrationIowa2000Research and Education
GeneralWatersMeet Eco* FarmWisconsin2000Farmer/Rancher
GeneralPerennial Grass Covers Affect Long-Term Soil QualityIowa2000Research and Education
GeneralWhole Farm Planning for Sustainable SystemsNebraska2000Professional Development Program
GeneralSpecialty Forestry Products Professional DevelopmentNebraska2000Professional Development Program
GeneralStrategically Thinning a Pecan Orchard and Use of the By-product for Sustainable ManagementMissouri2000Farmer/Rancher
GeneralUsing Straight-Growing Black Locust in On-Farm AgroforestryNew York2000Farmer/Rancher
GeneralThe Impact of Agricultural Systems on Soil Quality and SustainabilityNorth Carolina2000Research and Education
WindbreakMultipurpose Windbreaks for the Protection of Vegetable Crops and Production of Fruit and Nut CropsMassachusetts2000Farmer/Rancher
GeneralEvaluating Agroforestry Enterprise Opportunities for Specialty Forest Products: Decision Tools for ProducersNebraska2001Research and Education
GeneralLong-Term, Large-Scale Systems Research Directed Toward Agricultural SustainabilityNorth Carolina2001Research and Education
Forest FarmingForest Meets Farm: Profitable New Crops for Small Farms in Forested OhioOhio2001Professional Development Program
Alley CroppingCompetition for Nitrogen and Groundwater Nitrate Levels in Temperate Alley Cropping SystemsFlorida2001Graduate Student
GeneralBeach Plum: Small Farm Sustainability through Crop Diversification & Value-Added ProductsNew York2001Research and Education
GeneralRota Coffee CompanyNorthern Mariana Islands2001Farmer/Rancher
GeneralSpecies Profiles for Pacific Island AgroforestryHawaii2002Professional Development Program
Alley CroppingEnhancing the Economic and Environmental Competitiveness of Small Farms Through AgroforestryFlorida2002Research and Education
WindbreakComparing the Input Costs and Economic Returns of a Planted Windbreak in Central MaineMaine2002Farmer/Rancher
Forest FarmingEcology and Cultivation of Non-Timber Forest Products in AppalachiaOhio2002Research and Education
GeneralNew Farmers: Choosing the Road Less TraveledHawaii2003Professional Development Program
SilvopastureDairy Goat Woodland Grazing ProjectNorth Carolina2003Farmer/Rancher
GeneralExperiential Learning Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate StudentsMinnesota2003Research and Education
Riparian Forest BufferRiparian Buffers: Function, Management, and Economic Implications for AgricultureWashington2003Research and Education
GeneralReclaiming Pastureland for Diversified Fruit/Maple ProductionNew Hampshire2003Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureOptimizing Forage Production and Quality Within a temperate Silvopasture SystemVirginia2003Graduate Student
SilvopasturePerformance of Various Forage Combinations Under Thinned Pine Canopies in North FloridaFlorida2003Farmer/Rancher
Riparian Forest BufferRiparian Buffers: Function, Management, and Economic Implications for AgricultureWashington2003Research and Education
SilvopastureSilvopasture in the NortheastMassachusetts2003Farmer/Rancher
GeneralNitrogen Fertilization for Hybrid Hazelnuts in the Upper MidwestMinnesota2004Graduate Student
GeneralAgroforestry Training for Professionals in Missouri and the MidwestMissouri2004Professional Development Program
SilvopasturePotential for Nitrate-Nitrogen Leaching in a Silvopastoral System Compared with Open Pasture and Loblolly Pine PlantationFlorida2004Graduate Student
Forest FarmingThe How, When and Why of Forest Farming: Building and Using New Internet Based Infrastructure to Advance Learning and Practice in the NortheastNew York2004Professional Development Program
GeneralDeveloping Legume Shade Trees for Sustainable Coffee Production in Puerto RicoPuerto Rico2004Research and Education
SilvopastureSustainable Hair Sheep Silvopastoral SystemOklahoma2004Farmer/Rancher
Alley CroppingEffects of the Quality of Organic Soil Amendments on the Soil Community and on Nitrogen Mineralization in an Agroecosystem in the Georgia PiedmontGeorgia2005Graduate Student
SilvopastureSilvopasture for Forage, Cattle and TreesMississippi2005Farmer/Rancher
Forest FarmingMulti-Stakeholder Collaboration for Profitable and Ecological Cultivation of Forest MedicinalsWest Virginia2005Research and Education
GeneralPacific Island Agroforestry Workshops and Field VisitsHawaii2005Professional Development Program
SilvopastureUnderstanding Plant-Soil-Livestock Interactions: A Key to Enhanced Sustainability in Southern-Pine Silvopasture SystemsAlabama2005Research and Education
Riparian Forest BufferAssessment of Riparian Management Practices in Northeastern OregonOregon2006Graduate Student
Alley CroppingAgro-Forestry Project: Incorporating Grass-Hay Alley Cropping With Organic Nut ProductionIowa2006Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureAgroforestry: Transforming Unproductive Woodlots Into Productive Livestock Operations.Ohio2007Farmer/Rancher
GeneralGrowing Highly Nutritious Staple Food Crops Using Intensive and Sustainable Agriculture SystemsOhio2007Farmer/Rancher
GeneralPrecious Indigenous Woods For Coffee ShadePuerto Rico2007Research and Education
GeneralDemonstrating Organic Wild Crop Utilization and Certification as a Profitable Model for Enhancing Overall Farm Sustainability in the Missouri OzarksMissouri2007Farmer/Rancher
GeneralPrecious Indigenous Woods For Coffee ShadePuerto Rico2007Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureIntegrated Alternative Energy and Livestock Production SystemsMissouri2007Professional Development Program
GeneralNew crops for Pacific Island AgroforestryHawaii2007Professional Development Program
WindbreakComprehensive Evaluation of Windbreaks of Fast-Growing TreesFlorida2008Graduate Student
GeneralAssessing the Sustainability of Growing Non-traditional Fruit Tree Crops in the Upper Midwest: A collaborative agro-forestry approachWisconsin2008Farmer/Rancher
GeneralDecline of Casuarina equisetifolia: A Loss to Pacific Island AgroforestryGuam2008Research and Education
GeneralComparative Study of Cuban Slugs (Veronicella cubensis) Suppression Using Grazing Ducks, Neem (Azadirachia indica) Extract and Chemical Baits in the CNMINorthern Mariana Islands2008Farmer/Rancher
Alley CroppingDevelopment of Agroforest Systems for Bioenergy Crop Production and Ecosystem Services in the lower Mississippi Alluvial ValleyLouisiana2009Research and Education
WindbreakEvaluating New Windbreaks and Cover Crops for Tropical Fruit CropsHawaii2009Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureOptimal Nutritive Value of Honeylocust Seed Pods Within Temperate SilvopastureVirginia2009Graduate Student
GeneralSustainable Agriculture Education and Practicum for Kansas Small Farmers and Ranchers Using Permaculture Principles of Ecological Systems Design and ManagementKansas2009Farmer/Rancher
GeneralDemonstrating Higher Yields and Market Opportunities of Mixed Annual and Perennial Intensive Planting in Appalachian OhioOhio2009Farmer/Rancher
GeneralNative Bee Habitat Rehabilitation: Encouraging Greater Adoption of Sustainable Pollination PracticesPennsylvania2009Partnership
GeneralWeed Management Alternatives for Organic Coffee Agroforestry Systems of Puerto RicoPuerto Rico2010Research and Education
Forest FarmingCultivation of Shiitake Mushrooms as an Agroforestry Crop for New EnglandNew York2010Research and Education
GeneralNative Bee Habitat Rehabilitation; Encouraging Greater Adoption of Sustainable Pollination Practices - Part IIPennsylvania2010Partnership
GeneralField Grafting Improved Chestnut Cultivars to Increase Yield: An Operational Test in an Agroforestry SystemMissouri2010Farmer/Rancher
GeneralDeveloping Successful Marketing Strategies for Elderberry Growers and Value Added Processors: A Model for Specialty Crop Development in the U.S. MidwestMissouri2010Research and Education
SilvopastureIntegrating Free Range Poultry with Ruminant and Agroforestry Production in a Systems ApproachArkansas2010Research and Education
SilvopastureEnhancing the Economic Stability of Select Limited Resource Farms through the Establishment of Micropropagated Pecan Orchards Integrated with Crops and AnimalsAlabama2010Research and Education
Forest FarmingAppalachian Forest Farming Network for Native Medicinal Plant ProductionVirginia2010Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureUtilizing Holistic Planned Grazing as a Regenerative Engine for Sustainable AgricultureNew York2010Professional Development Program
GeneralPhase 1: Truffle Orchard Establishment – The Burgundy Truffle as a New Sustainable Agroforestry Crop for the Missouri OzarksMissouri2010Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureUnderstanding Small Landowners’ Perspectives in Adoption of Goat-Agroforestry Land Management SystemAlabama2010Research and Education
WindbreakPollinator Forage DevelopmentNew Mexico2011Farmer/Rancher
GeneralProfessional Training for Sustainable Agroforestry in KansasKansas2011Professional Development Program
WindbreakNative Bee Habitat Rehabilitation; Encouraging Greater Adoption of Sustainable Pollination Practices – Part IIIPennsylvania2011Partnership
GeneralHawai’i Community-Based Food SecurityHawaii2011Professional Development Program
GeneralNiche Nut Processing Project: Collaborating To Establish Nut Crop Production, Processing And Marketing In The North Central RegionOhio2012Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureAssessment of Long-Term Management Impact on Soil C Dynamics in Subtropical GrasslandsFlorida2012Graduate Student
GeneralIncreasing Agroforestry Adoption and Networking in the Midwest through Targeted Professional DevelopmentMissouri2012Professional Development Program
GeneralPhase 2: Burgundy Truffle Orchard Establishment – The Burgundy Truffle as a New Sustainable Agro-forestry Crop for MissouriMissouri2012Farmer/Rancher
Forest FarmingIntegrating Ducks into Log-grown Shiitake Mushroom Production for Slug Control and Added YieldsNew York2012Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureSilvopasture in the Northeast: Environmental and Economic Implications of Land-use Conversion within a Northern Hardwoods ForestNew Hampshire2012Farmer/Rancher
GeneralGreat Plains Agroforestry: Evaluation of Bioenergy Feedstock and Carbon Sequestration as Potential Long-term Revenue Streams to Diversify Landowner IncomeIowa2012Research and Education
GeneralEffects of Controlled Disturbance within Early-Successional Northeastern Forest Habitat: Evaluating Soil Quality, Plant Production, and Economic FeasibilityMassachusetts2012Farmer/Rancher
Forest FarmingPractitioner Decision Effects on Select Biochemical and Organoleptic Qualities of Shiitake Mushrooms (Lentinula edodes)New York2012Graduate Student
GeneralCEFS Long-Term Systems Research: Providing the Building Blocks for Resilient Food Production SystemsNorth Carolina2012Research and Education
GeneralTrainer’s Training in Agroforestry Practices in the Southeastern Region: 1890 Agroforestry Consortium InitiativeAlabama2013Professional Development Program
SilvopastureMade in the Shade – Using Silvopasture Research and On-farm Demonstrations to Advance These Sustainable Agroforestry SystemsVirginia2013Research and Education
GeneralIntegrating Continuous Living Cover (CLC) into Farming Systems through Professional DevelopmentMinnesota2013Professional Development Program
Alley CroppingAlley Cropping in a Hillside Terrace SystemOhio2013Farmer/Rancher
Alley CroppingAssessing Nitrogen and Carbon Pools in a Perennial Biomass Alley Cropping System in Minnesota U.S.A.Minnesota2013Graduate Student
SilvopastureAdvancing On-Farm Understanding and Application of Silvopasture Technologies in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania2013Partnership
SilvopastureImpacts of Land Use Intensification on Soil Organic Carbon Stocks, Soil Carbon Fractions and Microbial Activities in Subtropical Grazing Land EcosystemsFlorida2014Graduate Student
GeneralCoppicing for Northeastern Farms: Farmer Feedback and Coppice System Case StudiesMassachusetts2014Partnership
WindbreakIntegrating Flowering Windbreaks for Insect Management in CucumbersMichigan2014Graduate Student
SilvopastureAcoustic Analysis: A Novel Way to Measure Livestock Grazing BehaviorVirginia2014Graduate Student
GeneralDiversification of Winter Wheat & Beef Cattle Production Fields through Agroforestry & Covercrop IntegrationOklahoma2014Farmer/Rancher
Forest FarmingMarket Assessment for Northeast Forest-Grown MushroomsPennsylvania2014Partnership
GeneralNE Advanced Agroforestry Training for Natural Resource and Agricultural EducatorsPennsylvania2015Professional Development Program
GeneralCommercialization of Hazelnuts for Growers in the Upper MidwestWisconsin2015Research and Education
GeneralSeven Trees, Seven Practices: Demonstrating Agroforestry in the Western PacificGuam2015Professional Development Program
Forest FarmingComparing a Centrifuge to a Maple Syrup Filter PressRhode Island2015Farmer/Rancher
GeneralCrop Performance, Pests, and Pollinators in Diverse Agroforestry SystemsIllinois2015Partnership
SilvopastureTopographical Contour Measurement and Water Management Earthworks for Ecologically Restorative Edible Silvopasture PlantingWisconsin2016Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureImproving Silvopasture Systems in the South: Identification of Suitable Forage Crops and Enhancement of Environmental Quality in Upland ForestsSouth Carolina2016Research and Education
GeneralField Testing The Mulberry for Commercial Production in the MidwestOhio2016Farmer/Rancher
GeneralFostering Good Stewardship of Ozarks Forests Through a Sustainable Forestry Field TripMissouri2016Research and Education
SilvopastureIntegration of Silvopasture and Nut Production in the SoutheastTennessee2016Graduate Student
SilvopastureEvaluating and Sharing Techniques in Silvopasture EstablishmentIllinois2016Partnership
GeneralAgroforestry Design for Sustainable Production Systems in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific IslandsHawaii2016Professional Development Program
GeneralMissouri Agroforestry Summer Institutes: High School Educator Training for Curriculum DeliveryMissouri2016Professional Development Program
GeneralSuccessful Cacao Establishment through Improved Soil ManagementHawaii2017Professional Development Program
GeneralPacific IslandsGuam2017Matching Grants Program
SilvopastureGrowing Grasses and Legumes under Spruce/White Pine for Grazing Cows in a Silvopasture SettingWisconsin2017Farmer/Rancher
GeneralBreadfruit Agroforestry for Pacific Island RevilitizationHawaii2017Professional Development Program
General2018 University of Guam PDP ProjectGuam2017PDP State Program
SilvopasturePasture Versus Invasives: Competing in Newly-Disturbed Soil under a Newly-Opened Canopy Transitioning to SilvopastureWisconsin2018Farmer/Rancher
GeneralEvaluating Sweet Sorghum and Poultry Alley Cropping in Agroforestry as an Economical and Sustainable Alternatives to Tobacco cropsKentucky2018Farmer/Rancher
GeneralAggregation and Cooperative Marketing opportunities for Enhancing Chestnut (Castanae spp.) Production and ConservationPennsylvania2018Farmer/Rancher
SilvopastureConditioning Sheep to Avoid Koa Foilage: An Opportunity for Productive Silvopasteres in HawaiiHawaii2018Graduate Student
GeneralAgroforestry Education Using the Collective Experience of Pioneer FarmersWisconsin2018Partnership
SilvopastureTree Leaf Fodder for Livestock: Transitioning Farm Woodlots to 'Air Meadow' for Climate ResilienceMaine2018Farmer/Rancher

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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.

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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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