AGROFORESTRY FOR LANDOWNERS
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.
"Agroforestry for Landowners"
What can agroforestry do for you?
Illustration credit: Carlyn Iverson and USDA-SARE
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.
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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.