The mission of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center is to develop scientific principles and technologies to enhance the profitability of small scale farms. Small farms are threatened by a lack of profitability. Research at the Center seeks knowledge that will increase profitability of small farms by reducing inputs and capturing a greater proportion of the post-farm value. A multi-disciplinary team of five ARS scientists, in cooperation with federal, state, and private organizations, pursue a program of basic and applied research that addresses constraints to successful sustainable livestock-forage and agroforestry systems. Acquired knowledge and technology is transferred to the agricultural community through the efforts of ARS scientists and their cooperators.