Lead Investigators

Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

Project ID

E2013-18

Abstract

The challenges and opportunities, including financial returns, were studied for six different perennial crops that can be used in agroforestry practices. Crops investigated were aronia berry, black walnut, chestnut, Christmas trees, elderberry and hazelnut.

Key Question

What crops have high potential as species for inclusion in agroforestry practices?

Findings

This project showed that several of these identified crops can generate per acre returns greater than row crops over a projected 20-year time frame, although risk is generally higher. Barriers to wider adoption and marketing channels also were addressed in this study.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jeff Jensen

Year of Grant Completion

2014

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