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Assessing Agroforestry’s Role in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

Photo of Title pages of the assessment report and annotated bibliography on agroforestry's role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Title pages of the assessment report and annotated bibliography on agroforestry's role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Snapshot : The first-ever scientific assessment on agroforestry as a mechanism for improving the resiliency and productivity of farm and ranch lands.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Bentrup, GaryPatel-Weynand, Toral
Research Location : Nationwide
Research Station : Washington Office (WO)
Year : 2018
Highlight ID : 1472


The USDA Forest Service has published a new report: Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions based upon a national scientific assessment of agroforestry. With contributions from more than 50 experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, this report shows how tree-based management strategies can improve agricultural production and resiliency, especially under changing environmental conditions. Findings from the assessment reveal that agroforestry has the capacity to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation by (1) reducing threats and enhancing agricultural landscape resiliency, (2) facilitating species movement to more favorable conditions, (3) sequestering carbon, and (4) reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the strengths of agroforestry is the opportunity it affords to provide adaptation and mitigation services in an integrated and synergistic manner. In terms of use, this publication is already in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric and is #3 out of 239 USFS research publications. As a complementary resource, the USDA Forest Service has also released an annotated bibliography: Supporting U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions With Agroforestry. This bibliography documents the scientific literature on agroforestry's role in adaptation and mitigation under climatic variability and change, as well as on the effects of these stressors on agroforestry. 

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Christopher Woodall, Katrina Krause, Grant Domke, Northern Research Station
  • Evan Mercer, Southern Research Station
  • Frank Lake, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • Kathleen Friday, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
  • Keith Moser, Dan Neary, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Linda Kruger, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Sally Claggett, Julie Mawhorter, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • Tara Hann Karel, WO Research and Development
  • Andrew Bell, Longwood Gardens
  • Andrew Stainback, Everglades Foundation
  • Citlalli López Binnqüist, Patricia Negreros-Castillo, University of Veracruz
  • Craig Elevitch, Agroforestry Net, LLC
  • Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota
  • Heidi Asbjornsen, University of New Hampshire
  • J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'I
  • Janaki Alavalapati,  Becky Barlow, Auburn University
  • Jason Griffin, Kansas State University
  • Jim Brandle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • John Fike, Virginia Tech
  • Kayri Havens-Young, Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • P.K. Nair, University of Florida
  • Robert Manson, Mexico National Board of Science and Technology
  • Shibu Jose, Mike Gold, Ranjith Udawata, University of Missouri
  • Sid Brantly, Adam Chambers, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Thomas Sauer, Marlen Eve, Alan Franzleubbers, Agricultural Research Service
  • Thomas Treiman, Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Tracey Coulter, DCNR Bureau of Forestry – Pennsylvania
  • Tricia Ward, Henry de Gooijer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • William Ballesteros Possi, University of Nariño
  • Xiaoshu Li, University of Kentucky
  •  Sarah Workman, Highlands Biological Statio