The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will make the promotion of agroforestry a priority in the coming years.
Speaking at the North American Agroforestry Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said that the agency will educate its staff on agroforestry practices. It will also be providing resources to help US farmers learn about the benefits of growing more trees alongside their crops. These include better soil fertility, reduced erosion and reduced rainwater runoff. Agroforestry can also capture huge volumes of the green house gas carbon dioxide.
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