U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service -- National Agroforestry Center



Date of this Version

April 2000


This report was prepared by the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC), which represents the 315 RC&D Councils throughout the Unites States and its territories. The RC&D Councils represent multi-county areas that work to improve the natural resources, economic viability, and standard of living in their area. All programs and assistance are available without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status, or disability.


This report summarizes the results of a national survey on agroforestry that was completed by Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils during the summer of 1999. The survey was designed to determine the extent and geographic location of agroforestry throughout the United States. Maps and graphs are used to illustrate where agroforestry practices are being used, where RC&D Councils are involved in agroforestry projects, and where there are opportunities to apply more agroforestry. It also suggests what types of assistance will be needed to enable landowners and support agencies to better advance the adoption of agroforestry.

Agroforestry is the integration of agriculture and forestry practices into land use systems that can conserve and develop natural resources while increasing economic diversity at both the farm and community level. Agroforestry does not convert agricultural land to forests, but rather leaves the land in production agriculture, while integrating trees into farm/ranch operations. It can provide solutions for agricultural producers on both large and small farms and ranches, and also provide benefits for rural communities.