Published Mar 2, 2021

Diversifying Farms with Integrated Agroforestry – 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Farm-scale agroforestry and silvopasture are gaining attention in the Midwest as a way to diversify feed and income sources. While agroforestry can benefit the soil, habitat biodiversity and water quality, successfully adding agroforestry into existing farm operations can be a challenge. Join this session to hear from Jacob Grace and Jonathan Hendricks on various ways to incorporate agroforestry on your land. Jacob Marty shares how he has begun to integrate agroforestry practices with his livestock enterprises.

  • Jacob Marty earned a degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2015, he returned to his family’s farm, Green Fire Farm, in southern Wisconsin where he now manages pastured beef cattle, hogs, hair sheep and poultry, and is experimenting with agroforestry plantings.
  • Jacob Grace works on grazing and communications projects for the Savanna Institute, a nonprofit supporting agroforestry expansion in the Midwest. He also works with University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.
  • Jonathan Hendricks serves as the new agroforestry specialist with Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. He is researching ways farmers can cash-flow a variety of agroforestry practices in the Midwest.