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Agroforestry is a unique land management approach that intentionally blends agriculture and forestry to enhance productivity, profitability, and environmental stewardship. Agroforestry can be a key tool for farmers, ranchers, woodland owners, and communities to help address the increasing demands being made on these lands, such as: income diversification; protection of soil, water and air quality; greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to climate change; wildlife habitat; and production of bioenergy feedstocks.

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) is a unique partnership between two arms of the Forest Service, Research & Development and State & Private Forestry, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Our mission is to accelerate the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Through research, technology development, tools, training, and outreach activities, the NAC team provides useful products and services for the advancement of agroforestry. Our key customers are the natural resource professionals who work with farmers, ranchers, woodland owners, tribes, and communities.

Key Activities

  • Riparian buffers and water quality
  • Conservation planning and design
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change strategies
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Forest farming networks
  • Silvopasture systems
  • Bioenergy buffers

Key Outreach & Tools

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