Soil and Water Quality: An Agenda for Agriculture

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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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The report of a committee convened by the Board of Agriculture of the National Research Council to assess the science, technical tools, and policies needed to protect soil and water quality while maintaining US agricultural productivity and competitiveness. 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 information on improved management of nitrogen, phosphorus, manure, pesticides, sediments, salt, and trace elements. Landscape analysis of nonpoint source pollution is also detailed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309049337
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Soil and Water Quality: New Problems, New Solutions 21
2 Opportunities to Improve Soil and Water Quality 35
3 A Systems Approach to Soil and Water Quality Management 107
4 Policies to Protect Soil and Water Quality 145
Introduction: Soil, Water, and Farming Systems 187
5 Monitoring and Managing Soil Quality 189
6 Nitrogen in the Soil-Crop System 237
7 Phosphorus in the Soil-Crop System 283
8 Fate and Transport of Pesticides 313
9 Fate and Transport of Sediments 337
10 Salts and Trace Elements 361
11 Manure and Nutrient Management 399
12 A Landscape Approach to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution 417
Appendix 429
References 449
Glossary 489
About the Authors 495
Index 499
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