What’s the formula for finding farmers who may want to convert crops to buffer strips, and then convincing them by the hundreds to put the plans in place?
In Iowa, one of the leading states in buffers entered into the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) continuous signup, it’s a matter of offering a mix of incentive programs and then marketing the technical and financial help offered by those programs through public and private groups.
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has developed a large-scale method of tree establishment for agroforestry plantings that integrates a timber production component into a cattle grazing operation. The method is site adaptable, environmentally safe, cost efficient, and can be implemented with tools already present in the agricultural operation. Maximum use is made of on-farm inputs. There are synergistic biological interactions between the trees, cattle, and productive capacity of the site.