What is Agroecology?

Agroecology is a relatively new discipline that is still working out the details of its transdisciplinary identity and broad societal relevance. The fundamental goals of agroecology are to sustain production, conserve natural resources, and maintain social equity. To meet these goals, practitioners of agroecology seek to promote biodiversity and resilience in agricultural systems while maintaining viable production and fair livelihoods. Agroecologists perceive their goals and solutions through the lens of systems thinking and analysis. Many UF faculty and Florida residents engage in agroecology-related issues and activities regularly, but remain unaware or unclear of the discipline. The “What is Agroecology?” Extension program is designed to break this conceptual barrier and provide a suite of resources to the general public that improve the appreciation of the broad relevance of the discipline.


The Agroecosystem Concept

Agroecosystems are described by the interacting features of environmental and ecological characteristics of a farm and the surrounding area. Agroecosystems are complex and challenging to manage. The agroecology framework that can help improve the sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources through the agroecosystem concept. “The Agroecosystem Concept” Extension program is a set of trainings aimed at county agriculture and natural resources agents and their stakeholders to increase the visibility of and engagement with agroecosystems. Participants should aspire to develop management strategies that improve environmental and economic outcomes of cropping systems from an understanding of the environmental and ecological characteristics of an agroecosystem.


Get Involved

Post-doc and graduate student positions on Hemp Cropping Systems are available.

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Graduate Student position on Peanut Aflatoxin Risk Assessmentand is available.

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Dr. Zachary Brym: 786.217.9238,  brymz@ufl.edu 

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