Policy & Regulation Sustainable Agriculture

Agroforestry Coalition Advocates for Farm Bill Reforms to Enhance Resilient Agriculture

Key Takeaways:

  • Policy Recommendations Released: The Agroforestry Coalition has published a policy paper recommending the Farm Bill to support agroforestry.
  • Carbon Sequestration and Resilience: Agroforestry is highlighted as a critical strategy for carbon removal and enhancing resilience against extreme weather.
  • Economic and Environmental Benefits: The practice is touted for its potential to improve farm economies, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability.
  • Addressing Adoption Barriers: The Coalition identifies and seeks to overcome obstacles hindering the adoption of agroforestry by farmers and ranchers.
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration: The Coalition, along with organizations like Carbon180 and the Savanna Institute, is working to scale up agroforestry adoption.

The Agroforestry Coalition, a collective of organizations and experts, has released a set of policy recommendations aimed at catalyzing agroforestry in the upcoming Farm Bill. The paper, titled “Catalyzing Agroforestry in the Farm Bill: Recommendations for Resilient Agriculture,” outlines the potential of agroforestry systems to transform U.S. agriculture by boosting farm economies, biodiversity, and resilience while sequestering carbon.

The Potential of Agroforestry

Agroforestry, which integrates trees and other perennial crops into agricultural systems, is recognized as a flexible solution for landowners to achieve conservation benefits and strengthen productivity. It is consistently ranked as a top climate solution by scientists and is known for its resilience to extreme weather impacts.

Benefits Beyond Carbon Sequestration

Agroforestry offers many benefits, including increased yield and profit per acre, economic opportunities for beginning farmers, protection of natural resources, and social benefits like health and mental well-being.

Overcoming Barriers to Adoption

Despite its advantages, farmers and ranchers face barriers to adopting agroforestry, such as lack of technical assistance, few producer incentives, and the time it takes for tree crops to mature. The Coalition’s policy paper provides recommendations for each Farm Bill title to support more widespread integration of trees into agricultural systems.

The Role of the Agroforestry Coalition

The Agroforestry Coalition is working to increase the adoption of agroforestry in the U.S. by convening cross-sector working groups, advising policymakers, and organizing educational initiatives to promote resilient agriculture through agroforestry.

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