National Lab for Agriculture & the Environment-United States Dept of Agriculture

Agroforestry systems integrate woody perennial plants with agricultural crops or animal production on the same land area. A distinct advantage of agroforestry is that the combination of trees with plants or animals produces more total food, forage, and fiber than any on production system individually.

Agroforestry systems thus increase per-land-uni area productivity as the trees exploit resources (light, water and nutrients) through their multi-layered canopies, extensive rooting, and long growing seasons that are not captured by annual crops. This ebook explains further…


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