Agroforestry refers to the association of trees and crops or animals on the same agricultural plot, either on the edge or in the field. Faced with climate change, trees very often provide answers to technical and economic challenges on farms.
For example, it improves animal welfare by providing shade for animals in the pastures, can be a fodder resource or provide an alternative to straw in the form of wood chips, and can offset some of the farm’s greenhouse gas emissions, thereby reducing its carbon footprint.
There are many agroforestry models with different uses and management. The aim of the agroforestry working group is to enrich and consolidate references and technical recommendations and to diversify testimonies in order to strengthen the support provided to farmers wishing to integrate agroforestry into their production system. Communication materials will be produced based on this work.
In 2021, the Agroforestry group will set up a data collection network (temperature and humidity) in agroforestry plots to measure the impact of trees on the microclimate at the plot level. Links could be made with the Animal Health and Welfare group, which is working on heat stress in particular.
The partners involved in the working group:
- Chambre d’agriculture Alsace (France)
- Bio en Grand Est (France)
- le Landesverband Baden-Württemberg für Leistungs- und Qualitätsprüfungen in der Tierzucht e.V. (Germany)
- Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg (Germany)
- service de l’économie rurale du Canton du Jura (Switzerland)
Mathilde ARESI, Chambre d’agriculture Alsace