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Agroforestry is a way to prevent a future dustbowl

The recent extreme dust storms in Arizona and Texas have people wondering if another Dust Bowl, similar to the 1930s, could be in our future.

Agroforestry, which combines planting trees and shrubs with crops, forages and livestock pasturing, had its beginnings in the United States in response to the Dust Bowl.

The term came into widespread use in the 1970s. The land-use systems and practices used in agroforestry may provide a solution to loss of soil in the form of dust. In addition, there are other benefits. Agroforestry can halt desertification, reclaim degraded land and help families have a secure …

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 15, 2011 06:26PM Published Nov 15, 2011 06:25PM Copyright 2011 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.