Review of Silvopasture Studies Reveals Benefits and Challenges to Adoption

Scientists from the USDA National Agroforestry Center conducted a systematic review of 53 silvopasture adoption studies in the United States that was published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. The studies identified diversification of farm income and shade for livestock as the primary benefits of implementing silvopasture systems. They also revealed that lack of information was the primary challenge to adoption cited by producers. In addition, analysis showed that 98% of producers used rotational or management intensive grazing in their silvopasture systems and that 96% combined use of silvopasture with open pastures. Of those practicing silvopasture, 88% indicated they would continue the practice into the future.