Center for Agroforestry
The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA), established in 1998, is one the world’s leading centers contributing to the science underlying agroforestry, the science and practice of intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon; reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change. The five integrated practices of agroforestry – forest farming, alley cropping, silvopasture, forest farming and windbreaks – enhance land and aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife and improve biodiversity while sustaining land resources for generations to come.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is one of the outstanding hallmarks of the Center. Research on the benefits of agroforestry is supported from a broad spectrum of MU programs, including forestry; animal sciences; horticulture; agricultural economics; rural sociology; entomology; agronomy; plant pathology; fisheries and wildlife; parks, recreation and tourism; and soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences. Linked with the Center's solid science and research programs are several key collaborations and partnerships with landowners, natural resource professionals, federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations.
Through these critical relationships, UMCA and its partners are producing an expanding list of positive outcomes for landowners, the natural environment and society as a whole.