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Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group

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Taronia berry busytrees and cropshe purpose of the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group (MAAWG) is to provide an organization for advancing the science, practice and adoption of agroforestry by landowners and natural resource managers in the Midwest region of the U.S.

The goals of the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group:

  • Identify the core issues (gaps/barriers/conflicts/opportunities) for advancing adoption of agroforestry as a cornerstone of productive land use in the Midwest
  • Initiate and coordinate actions to address and resolve the core issues
  • Communicate effectively with key audiences about the working group’s purpose, goals, core issues actions and findings

The Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group is not a political or advocacy organization but is focused on promoting the adoption of agroforestry in the Mid-American region through expanding knowledge, coordinating and leveraging resources, and building stakeholder capacity.

Working group partners

  • Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
  • Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management
  • Green Lands Blue Waters
  • Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Trees Forever
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • USDA National Agroforestry Center

Working group resources

Links we like

  • Profitable Farms and Woodlands handbook that outlines five agroforestry practices: alley cropping, forest farming, riparian buffer strips, silvopasture and windbreaks. Success stories from the U.S. Southeast are included. This handbook is available for purchase or a free download from the USDA National Agroforestry Center.
  • USDA National Agroforestry Center
  • Inside Agroforestry: Sweet on Silvopasture, an issue of the USDA National Agroforestry Center's newsletter that discusses the silvopasture system of trees, forage and livestock.
  • Working Trees, a series of 10 publications from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln covering water quality, wildlife, livestock, wastes, carbon cycles and other topics
  • Shelterbelts and Windbreaks, online resources from Iowa Pheasants Forever
  • 25X25, an initiative to get America's farms, forests and ranches to provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States by 2010

To contact the group, send an email to: maawg.agrof@gmail.com

More information is available on the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group website