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Why are farmers in the US hesitant to switch to agroforestry?

Asked by K. Tanaka on Jan 08, 2019

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W. Pratt

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W. Pratt
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Answered on Jan 24, 2019

The benefits of agroforestry are widely accepted but enthusiasm is for third world countries and those with plantation problems. In the US despite agroforestry's undoubted pros, government regulation of tree harvesting and insecurity of tenure are disincentives to adopting the practice.


This reluctance is against all indications of the very wide-spread benefits, which most in the country do not understand. There's a need to inform better about the cost for establishment and maintenance of an agroforestry practice and its economic return including considerations of financial risk and operational problems.

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