Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 117–132 | Cite as

Agroforestry opportunities for the United States of America

  • Richard C. Schultz
  • Joe P. Colletti
  • Richard R. Faltonson


Agriculture in the United States makes intensive use of large portions, of the nation's arable landscape. This landscape is dominated by large fields of annual crops with few perennial buffering communities within them. Agroforestry systems such as riparian buffers, alleycropping, windbreaks, tree/pasture systems, and forest farming provide buffering opportunities within these landscapes. Riparian buffers and alleycropping systems provide two unique opportunities toward sustainable production by reducing nonpoint source pollution while increasing ecological diversity. The major impediment to agroforestry in the United States is a lack of identity. Agroforestry as a practice is not officially recognized by federal and most state agencies and thus does not qualify for cost-share support or funding for research and establishment of demonstrations. A recent white paper, prepared by representatives from government agencies, academic institutions, and nongovernment organizations, identified eight major actions that could provide the support, for making agroforestry an acceptable alternative to nonsustainable agriculture. Ames, Iowa. Project No. 3209.

Key words

alleycropping buffer strips nonpoint source pollution sustainable agriculture 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Schultz
    • 1
  • Joe P. Colletti
    • 1
  • Richard R. Faltonson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ForestryIowa State UniversityAmersUSA

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