Silvopastures can be viewed as form of insurance for ranching. They diversify forage production, add other renewable products for sale and offer social benefits to the beef sector.
The greatest advantage and challenge for agroforestry is in the diversity and complexity of these integrated systems. A potential disadvantage for agroforestry production lies in the added planning and operational monitoring needed to make these systems successful.
Beneficial management practices in silvopastures revolve around structuring and managing the system to promote positive (facilitative) interactions and minimize negative (competitive) processes between the three major components: livestock, forages and crop trees.
Millions of hectares of forestland have been turned “upside down” ecologically through fire supression. Supporting and developing agroforestry as a viable ecological restoration/economic development tool deserves serious consideration as a permanent solution to interface fire risk.