Soil and Water Quality: An Agenda for Agriculture

Soil and Water Quality: An Agenda for Agriculture

by National Academies Press, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309049334

ISBN-13: 9780309049337

Pub. Date: 01/15/1993

Publisher: National Academies Press

How can the United States meet demands for agricultural production while solving the broader range of environmental problems attributed to farming practices? National policymakers who try to answer this question confront difficult trade-offs.

This book offers four specific strategies that can serve as the basis for a national policy to protect soil and water

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Overview

How can the United States meet demands for agricultural production while solving the broader range of environmental problems attributed to farming practices? National policymakers who try to answer this question confront difficult trade-offs.

This book offers four specific strategies that can serve as the basis for a national policy to protect soil and water quality while maintaining U.S. agricultural productivity and competitiveness. Timely and comprehensive, the volume has important implications for the Clean Air Act and the 1995 farm bill.

Advocating a systems approach, the committee recommends specific farm practices and new approaches to prevention of soil degradation and water pollution for environmental agencies.

The volume details methods of evaluating soil management systems and offers a wealth of information on improved management of nitrogen, phosphorus, manure, pesticides, sediments, salt, and trace elements. Landscape analysis of nonpoint source pollution is also detailed.

Drawing together research findings, survey results, and case examples, the volume will be of interest to federal, state, and local policymakers; state and local environmental and agricultural officials and other environmental and agricultural specialists; scientists involved in soil and water issues; researchers; and agricultural producers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309049337
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/15/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Soil and Water Quality: New Problems, New Solutions21
2Opportunities to Improve Soil and Water Quality35
3A Systems Approach to Soil and Water Quality Management107
4Policies to Protect Soil and Water Quality145
Introduction: Soil, Water, and Farming Systems187
5Monitoring and Managing Soil Quality189
6Nitrogen in the Soil-Crop System237
7Phosphorus in the Soil-Crop System283
8Fate and Transport of Pesticides313
9Fate and Transport of Sediments337
10Salts and Trace Elements361
11Manure and Nutrient Management399
12A Landscape Approach to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution417
Appendix429
References449
Glossary489
About the Authors495
Index499

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