Start Date

30-11-1995 12:00 AM

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Agroforestry is formally defined as a land-use system that intentionally combines trees or shrubs with annual plants and/or animals on the same land area. The combination may exist at the same time or in a sequential fashion (Agroforestry Systems, 1982). The production of diverse agronomic and forestry outputs (hence "agro-forestry") on the same land area is an important feature that may be very practical in trying to strengthen and diversify the primarily agricultural economy of Iowa. While agroforestry is still an emerging food, fiber, and industrial material production system in the American Midwest, it has been proven to be a sustainable system of land use in many parts of the world. Sustainability implies that this land use system is a healthy, economically viable, and environmentally protective technology.

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Nov 30th, 12:00 AM

Agroforestry- Growing Crops, Livestock, and Trees on Iowa Farms and the Midwest

Agroforestry is formally defined as a land-use system that intentionally combines trees or shrubs with annual plants and/or animals on the same land area. The combination may exist at the same time or in a sequential fashion (Agroforestry Systems, 1982). The production of diverse agronomic and forestry outputs (hence "agro-forestry") on the same land area is an important feature that may be very practical in trying to strengthen and diversify the primarily agricultural economy of Iowa. While agroforestry is still an emerging food, fiber, and industrial material production system in the American Midwest, it has been proven to be a sustainable system of land use in many parts of the world. Sustainability implies that this land use system is a healthy, economically viable, and environmentally protective technology.