9. Towards Multifunctional Agricultural Landscapes for the Upper Midwest Region of the USA

  1. Steve Wratten3,
  2. Harpinder Sandhu4,
  3. Ross Cullen5 and
  4. Robert Costanza6
  1. Nicholas Jordan1 and
  2. Keith Douglass Warner2

Published Online: 20 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118506271.ch9

Ecosystem Services in Agricultural and Urban Landscapes

Ecosystem Services in Agricultural and Urban Landscapes

How to Cite

Jordan, N. and Warner, K. D. (2013) Towards Multifunctional Agricultural Landscapes for the Upper Midwest Region of the USA, in Ecosystem Services in Agricultural and Urban Landscapes (eds S. Wratten, H. Sandhu, R. Cullen and R. Costanza), A John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118506271.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Bio-Protection Research Centre Lincoln University, New Zealand

  2. 4

    School of the Environment Flinders University, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance Lincoln University, New Zealand

  4. 6

    Crawford School of Public Policy Australian National University, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Agronomy and Plant Genetics Department, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA

  2. 2

    Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170086

Online ISBN: 9781118506271

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Keywords:

  • agroecological partnerships;
  • Koda Energy fuelshed project;
  • multifunctional agriculture (MFA);
  • theory of change;
  • Upper Midwest

Summary

This chapter proposes an integrative and heuristic strategy — a ‘theory of change’ — to address interlocking challenges of climate change and sustainable management of agriculture and bioresources. It aims to increase the multifunctionality of agriculture in the Upper Midwest region of the USA by pursuing change at three distinct levels of integration. The chapter first describes the central system level, which addresses development of new economic opportunities and related systems of management and policy, for farmers of multifunctional agroecosystems. Next, it portrays a pivotal subsystem of the enterprise development model, agroecological partnerships, that produce knowledge needed for multifunctional agriculture (MFA). Third, the chapter describes how social values shape the supersystem of public opinion and policy. The chapter finally presents a case study — the Koda Energy Fuelshed project — which outlines the challenges in realizing the potential of MFA.