Limited resource farmers and forest landowners face many economic challenges. Researchers at Alabama A&M University developed an integrated research, extension, and outreach program to promote sustainable loblolly-pine/meat goat silvopasture systems. Silvopasture combines forestry with animal grazing to enhance soil management and increase profitability. The study shows that silvopasture production generates sufficient return to labor and management (up to $198 per acre or $40.63 and $34.32 per) to justify the farmers’ investment.
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