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Inside Agroforestry: Scoring Big with Silvopasture

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Silvopasture —An Agroforestry Practice

This presentation provides an overview of Silvopasture, one of the five recognized agro-forestry practices in the U.S. (18 slides)



Silvopasture combines trees with forage and livestock production. The trees are managed for high-value sawlogs and, at the same time, provide shade and shelter for livestock and forage, reducing stress and sometimes increasing forage production. In plantations of conifers or hardwoods for timber or Christmas trees, managed grazing provides added products and income. Some nut and fruit orchards may also be grazed.

Related Publications

Agroforestry Notes

  • Forest Grazing, Silvopasture, and Turning Livestock into the Woods, Agroforestry Note #46, Silvopasture #9
  • Silvopasture: An Agroforestry Practice
  • The Biology Of Silvopastoralism
  • From A Pine Forest To Silvopasture
  • From A Pasture To A Silvopasture System
  • Converting A Pasture To A Silvopasture System In The Pacific Northwest
  • Silvopasture And Eastern Wild Turkey
  • Silvopasture Water And Fencing Systems For Cattle
  • Pine Straw: A Profitable Agroforestry Practice

Inside Agroforestry

  • Volume 20, Issue 2: Scoring Big with Silvopasture
  • Volume 16, Issue 3: Silvopasture
  • Winter / Spring 2004: Wildlife
  • Fall 2002: Silvopasture
  • Spring 2000: Status Of Our Nation's Water
  • Summer 1998: Silvopasture
  • Summer 1996: Trees For Livestock

Working Trees

Working Trees Info Sheets

  • Is converting CRP to silvopasture right for you?

  • What is silvopasture?
  • Mitigating Heat Stress in Cattle

Additional Brochures

  • Silvopasture: Establishment & Management Principles For Pine Forests In The Southeastern United States
  • National Association Of RC&D Councils (NARC&DC) Report: RC&D Survey Of Agroforestry Practices
  • Agroforestry In The United States: Research And Technology Transfer Needs For The Next Millennium
  • Agroforestry
  • Double- Vs. Single-Row Pine Plantations For Wood And Forage Production
  • Managing Pine Trees And Bahiagrass For Timber And Cattle Production
  • Management Of Southern Pine Forests For Cattle Production

En Español

Árboles Trabajando

  • Árboles en Acción para las Islas
  • Árboles Trabajando En Beneficio De La Agricultura
  • Árboles Trabajando En Beneficio De La Ganadería
  • Árboles Trabajando En Beneficio De La Ganadería: Silvicultura En El Sureste De Los EE.UU.

Agroforestería Por Dentro

  • Verano 1998: Silvopastoreo

Notas De Agroforestería

  • Silvopastoreo: Una Práctica Agroforestal
  • Biología Silvopastoril
  • De Un Bosque De Pino Hacia Un Sistema Silvopastoril
  • De Sistemas Pastoriles A Silvopastoriles


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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


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