LANDOWNER RESOURCE PACKET
This resource packet compiles a wide range of agroforestry information, from overviews of basic agroforestry practices to detailed guides on how to develop long-term agroforestry leases. This guide aims to provide agricultural landowners with a basic understanding of what agroforestry is and how to make it happen on their land.
Landowner Cathe (right), agroforestry farmer Kevin (center), and Savanna Institute staff Keefe (left) after a field day at Vulcan Farm in Sidney, IL. Kevin holds a 99-year lease with Cathe for 10-acres, on which Kevin manages the tree crops and Cathe continues to graze her sheep in the alleys between tree rows. (Photo by Marie Flanagan, NCR-SARE)
Landowner Kirsten (left), tree-planting contractor Dane (center) and farmer Casey (right) rest after a long day of mechanical tree planting at Feral Farm in Palmyra, WI. Casey holds a long-term lease with Kirsten for 8-acres, on which Casey manages the tree crops and Kirsten continues to harvest hay for her cattle in the alleys between tree rows.
Did you know that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide technical planning assistance and funding for your agroforestry work?
The Savanna Institute is pleased to be working with NRCS and other organizations throughout the Midwest to expand support and funding for agroforestry practices. In Wisconsin, these include alley cropping, cropland conversions, enhanced field borders, planting food-producing trees and shrubs, riparian buffers, silvopasture, windbreak establishment, and more!
Find an NRCS agent near you
Not all NRCS field staff are familiar with agroforestry practices and payments. If you need additional assistance, try contacting:
Illinois: Wade Conn, NRCS State Forester - firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana: Brian Kruse, NRCS State Forester - email@example.com
Iowa: Joe Klingelhutz, SILT Farm Specialist - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota: Gary Wyatt (email@example.com) and Diomy Zamora (firstname.lastname@example.org), U of MN Extension
Missouri: Joe Alley, NRCS State Forester - email@example.com
Wisconsin: Andy Hart, NRCS State Forester - firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you recommend an agroforestry advisor in your area? Let us know at email@example.com!
Are you an agroforestry farmer seeking land, or a landowner seeking an agroforestry farmer?
Try filling out our Agroforestry Farmer-Landowner Matchmaking form, and we'll do our best to connect you with interested farmers or landowners in your area!
What can agroforestry do for you?
Illustration credit: Carlyn Iverson and USDA-SARE
Agroforestry puts trees and crops together on the same farm so that landowners can achieve more of their goals: diversifying income, increasing productivity, conserving natural resources, providing habitat for wildlife, creating a beautiful landscape, and leaving a legacy that preserves and protects the land for future generations. Agroforestry systems have been shown to be 20-40% more profitable than growing trees and crops separately. In the Midwest, Central Illinois has become a hotspot for agroforestry. The University of Illinois has initiated several agroforestry research trials, and an increasing number of farms are adopting agroforestry practices.
Farmland owners face unique challenges: working with tenant farmers, communicating with joint owners and family members, and making the most of finances and time. The Savanna Institute, the University of Illinois, and the USDA National Agroforestry Center are working together to help landowners navigate the pathway to decide if agroforestry is right for their land.