Agro-Forestry Project: Incorporating Grass-Hay Alley Cropping With Organic Nut Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $5,985.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: North Central
State: Iowa
Project Coordinator:
Ray Hansen
Prairiewood Farms

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, oats, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: berries (other)
  • Nuts: chestnuts, hazelnuts


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, forestry, irrigation, strip tillage
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study, market study
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Develop a profitable alley-cropping production demonstration model for commercial organic nut production in Iowa. The project will incorporate best management practices for alley cropping with various USDA and local conservation programs to create a working demonstration plot to showcase profitable agro-forestry opportunities.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.