How can agroforestry benefit producers?

Agroforestry practices can help mitigate ongoing climate change concerns.
The Executive Director for the non-profit organization, The Savanna Institute, explains how agriculture can lead the way in this effort.

According to Keefe Keeley, “Trees and perennial vegetation have so much more capacity to sequester carbon in their biomass and their deep and permanent roots in the soil to build soil carbon at a higher level as well. We also see in many agricultural systems that include trees, lower emissions of nitrous oxide, and so this is really an important tool in our tool belt for how we can make agriculture really climate smart. To really make agriculture a force for cooling impact, we really need the enhanced soil, organic carbon, and the enhanced woody biomass potential to store carbon in our agricultural landscapes.”

Keeley says that this is possible by integrating multiple enterprises on one farmland, including high-value fruit and nut crops along the timber and livestock.

Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join us as we interview members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.