Book — 1 online resource (x, 198 pages) : illustrations.
The disappearance of agricultural land: fact or fiction? / Bruce R. Beattie
Land trusts: a return to feudalism / Roger Meiners and Bruce Yandle
Taxation, free markets, and the use of agricultural land / Richard E. Wagner
The political economy of land conversion on the urban fringe / Samuel R. Staley
Some issues surrounding land and chemical use in agriculture / B. Delworth Gardner
Biotechnology, land-use, and the environment: untying the Gordian knot / Henry I. Miller
To breed, or not to breed? The question of endangered species and agriculture / Ike C. Sugg
Agriculture and water markets / Terry L. Anderson and Clay J. Landry.
The authors focus on the major environmental constraints that limit U.S. food production without necessarily improving environmental quality. Each chapter documents a specific issue, discusses the regulatory response, and offers ideas for reform. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xx, 516 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
1 Front Matter-- 2 Contents-- 3 Executive Summary-- 4 1 Soil and Water Quality: New Problems, New Solutions-- 5 2 Opportunities to Improve Soil and Water Quality-- 6 3 A Systems Approach to Soil and Water Quality Management-- 7 4 Policies to Protect Soil and Water Quality-- 8 Introduction: Soil, Water, and Farming Systems-- 9 5 Monitoring and Managing Soil Quality-- 10 6 Nitrogen in the Soil-Crop System-- 11 7 Phosphorus in the Soil-Crop System-- 12 8 Fate and Transport of Pesticides-- 13 9 Fate and Transport of Sediments-- 14 10 Salts and Trace Elements-- 15 11 Manure and Nutrient Management-- 16 12 A Landscape Approach to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution-- 17 Appendix-- 18 References-- 19 Glossary-- 20 About the Authors-- 21 Index.
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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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)