Resilience to floods, droughts, and other effects of climate change;
Local and regional food system development;
Clean and abundant water; and the
Economic revitalization of rural communities.
Agroforestry Strategic Framework
Committed to advancing agroforestry as a way to enhance the nation's economy as well as its agricultural landscapes, watersheds, and communities, Secretary Vilsack released the USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework (PDF, 885KB) in June 2011. Created with input from a broad diversity of stakeholders, the Strategic Framework provides a roadmap for advancing agroforestry through the following three goals, which are reinforced in the USDA Policy for Agroforestry:
Adoption - Assisting producers who wish to implement agroforestry practices on their land.
Science - Supporting scientists to research agroforestry production systems and measure their impacts on economic, environmental, and social outcomes.
Integration - Integrating agroforestry more thoroughly into USDA policies and programs - from research projects to farm loans to conservation programs and more.
The Agroforestry Executive Steering Committee (AESC) guides the agroforestry activities across the Department to implement the Strategic Framework. The AESC is comprised of representatives from eight USDA agencies: