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The Center for Agroforestry

12th Annual Agroforestry Symposium

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The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, established in 1998, is one the world's leading centers contributing to the science underlying agroforestry, the science and practice of intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock.

Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon, and reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change.

The five integrated practices of agroforestry (forest farming, alley cropping, silvopasture, riparian buffers and windbreaks) enhance land and aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife and improve biodiversity while sustaining land resources for generations to come.


Undergraduate Course Instructors: In response to the need to rapidly move courses online, the Center for Agroforestry has developed modules on agroforestry, to bridge a gap as your existing course content is navigated to online delivery. The material is introductory level, so it could be integrated into undergraduate courses in environmental sciences, sustainability, landscape design, plant sciences, horticulture, agronomy, ecology, and others (just like having guest lectures!). We have more than enough material to fill at least 3 course period equivalents.

For a comprehensive guide to integrating these materials in your course, refer to
this document, which includes objectives, discussion questions, and supplemental resources.

What is Agroforestry? Practices and Pathways for Multifunctional Landscapes
Objectives of the curriculum:
Upon completion of this set of modules, students will be able to...
1.) Define agroforestry practices as they are situated in a broader ecological & social context;
2.) Recognize the value of perennial crops in agroecological systems;
3.) Consider planning, design, & management approaches for specialty crops in agroforestry.

Introduction to Agroforestry (Dr. Sarah Lovell, 20 minutes)

Center for Agroforestry Signature Partnerships and Events

Association for Temperate Agroforestry Missouri Chestnut Roast Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center
Forest & Woodland Association of Missouri Green Lands Blue Waters National Agroforestry Center
Association for Temperate Agroforestry Agriculture Research Service Savanna Institute

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