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The United States Partners with Canada to Increase the Use of Agroforestry Practices

USDA Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (left) and John Knubely (right), Deputy Minister, Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food sign a Memorandum of Understanding verifying enhanced collaboration in Agroforestry between the two nations at the United States Department of Agriculture, April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Bob Nichols, USDASnapshot : Partnership actions include collaborative research to restore windbreaks across the Great Plains and advancing the goals of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

Principal Investigators(s) :
Mason, Andy 
Research Station : Washington Office (WO)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 168


In 2012, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a cooperative partnership between the USDA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to promote agroforestry practices to help landowners improve water quality, control soil erosion, and boost their agriculture production.

The memorandum of understanding and establishing this cooperative partnership allows USDA's National Agroforestry Center in Lincoln, NE—jointly sponsored by the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service—and Canada's Agri-Environment Service Branch's Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, to collaborate on research and development, including the advancement of agroforestry science and tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation in temperate North America.

The two centers will also support the goals of the Global Research Alliance on Agriculture Greenhouse Gases, of which both countries are members. Information will be shared with landowners, managers, and natural resource professionals. Canada and the U.S. have a strong relationship with regards to many aspects of the agricultural sector, said Canada's Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. I'm pleased that we can now add agroforestry to that growing list, as agroforestry is an area that is not only good for the environment, but also for our farmers' bottom lines. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan signed the agreement on behalf of USDA and Deputy Minister John Knubley signed the agreement on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • State & Private Forestry
  • Canadian Agroforestry Development Centre
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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