Michael A. Gold, PhD

Research Professor


Graduate Emphasis Area Coordinator - Agroforestry

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Email GoldM@missouri.edu
Phone 573-884-1448
Address 203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
Websites MU Center for Agroforestry
MU Center for Agroforestry: Faculty Page
Mizzou Advantage


  • Ph.D. 1984, Michigan State University


  • Specialty crop research to enhance market development of agroforestry products; Chestnut orchard production and market research directed to development of chestnut (mainly Chinese cultivars – Castanea mollissima) as a viable horticultural crop for Missouri/Midwest producers; Elderberry market and consumer research.


  • FOR 4385/7385 – Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption taught fall and spring semesters as asynchronous online course as part of UMCA online masters and graduate certificate in agroforestry

Selected Publications

  • Jose, S.; Gold, M.A.; Garrett, H.E. 2018. Temperate Agroforestry in the United States:  Current Trends and Future Directions. In:  Temperate Agroforestry Systems 2nd Edition.  A.M. Gordon (Editor), S.M. Newman (Editor), B. Coleman (Editor) In Press
  • Mori, G.O.; Gold, M.A.; Jose, S. 2018.  Specialty crops in temperate agroforestry systems: Sustainable management, marketing and promotion for the Midwest region of the U.S.A.  In:  Integrating landscapes – Agroforestry for biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty.  Montagnini, F. (ed.).   In Press
  • Lovell, S.T.; Dupraz, C.; Gold, M.A.; Jose, S.; Revord, R.; Stanek, E.; Wolz. K. 2017. Temperate Agroforestry Research – Considering Multifunctional Woody Polycultures and the Design of Long-Term Field Trials. Agroforestry Systems doi:10.1007/s10457-017-0087-4
  • Rhodes, T.K.; Aguilar, F.X.; Jose, S.; Gold, M.A. 2016.  Factors influencing the adoption of riparian forest buffers in the Tuttle Creek Reservoir watershed of Kansas, USA.  Agroforest Syst.  doi:10.1007/s10457-016-0045-6
  • Gold, M.A.  Agroforestry. 2016.  Encyclopaedia Brittanica Online.  Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Inc.
  • Cernusca, M.M. and M.A. Gold.  2015.  Breaking down market barriers for elderberry growers and producers.  Acta Horticulturae 1061:269-277.
  • Jose, S. and Gold, M.A. 2014. Agroforestry. In Rowe, D. (Ed.) Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices. 1st Edition. Macmillan Reference, MI, USA.
  • Cernusca, M.M.; Aguilar, F.X.; Gold, M.A.  2012.  Post-purchase evaluation of U.S. consumers’ preferences for chestnuts. Agroforestry Systems 86(3):355-364.
  • Cernusca, M.M.; Gold, M.A.; Godsey, L.D. 2012.  Using the Porter Model to Analyze the U.S. Elderberry Industry.  Agroforestry Systems 86(3):365-377.
  • Houx III, J.H.; McGraw, R.L.; Garrett, H.E.; Kallenbach, R.L.; Fritschi, F.B.; Gold, M.A. 2012.  Temperate Silvopasture Tree Establishment and Growth as Influenced by Forage Species and Cultural Management Practices.  J. of Agric. Sci.  4(7):20-30.
  • Valdivia, C.; Barbieri, C.; Gold, M.A. 2012.  Between forestry and farming: Policy and environmental implications of the barriers to agroforestry adoption.  Canadian J. of Ag. Economics 60(2):155-175.
  • Jose, S., M.A. Gold and H.E. Garrett. 2012. The Future of Temperate Agroforestry in the United States. In: Garrity, D.P. and P.K.R. Nair (eds). Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. Advances in Agroforestry, Volume 9. Springer Science.
  • Gold, M.A. and S. Jose. 2012. An Interdisciplinary Online Certificate and Master’s Degree Program in Agroforestry. Agroforestry Systems DOI: 10.1007/s10457-012-9522-8
  • Cernusca, M.M., F.X. Aguilar and M.A. Gold. 2011. Post-purchase Evaluation of U.S. Consumers’ Preferences for Chestnuts. Agroforestry Systems DOI 10.1007/s10457-011-9462-8
  • Aguilar F.X., M.M. Cernusca, M.A. Gold and C. Barbieri. 2010. Frequency of consumption, familiarity and preferences for chestnuts in Missouri. Agroforestry Systems 79:19-29.
  • Aguilar, F.X., M.M. Cernusca, and M.A. Gold. 2009. A preliminary assessment of consumer preferences for chestnuts (Castanea spp.) using conjoint analysis. HortTechnology 19(1): 216-223.


  • Cartwright, L.; Goodrich, N.; Cai, Z.; Gold, M.  2017.  Using NRCS Technical and Financial Assistance for Agroforestry and Woody Crop Establishment through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Agroforestry in Action AF 1016.  4 p.
  • Gold, M.A., H.L Hemmelgarn, G.O. Mori (eds). 2015.  Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices – 2015 Updated Edition.  MU Center for Agroforestry.  385 p.
  • Byers, PL., AL Thomas, MM Cernusca, MA Gold and LD Godsey. 2014.  Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri.  2012. UMCA Agroforestry in Action Guide.  12 p. (revised)
  • Hunt, K., M. Gold, W. Reid and M. Warmund. 2012. Growing Chinese Chestnut in Missouri (revised). UMCA Agroforestry in Action Guide AF1007-2012. 16 p.