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Conservation Tillage in U.S. Agriculture : Environmental, Economic, and Policy Issues - Noel D. Uri

Conservation Tillage in U.S. Agriculture

Environmental, Economic, and Policy Issues

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Published: 2nd June 1999
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Discover farming techniques that will decrease soil erosion and costs!Soil erosion from U.S. croplands has long been recognized as a national problem. Conservation Tillage in U.S. Agriculture: Environmental, Economic, and Policy Issues is the first ever complete study of the costs and benefits of using conservation tillage to prevent soil erosion. Designed for professionals working in the areas of soil science, agronomy, economics, environmental studies, and agriculture, this complete study covers everything from machinery and trends in conservation tillage to its adoption to use in regions of the United States.With this in-depth manual, you will examine different types of tillage and the many benefits this practice can ensure, such as improving water quality, increasing organic matter in your soil, sequestering carbon, and providing habitat and food for wildlife. Covering the economic, environmental, and policy issues of this practice, Conservation Tillage in U.S. Agriculture features:

  • the history of conservation tillage
  • case studies on costs and benefits of differing conservation tillage practices with various crops
  • tables and graphs of trends, and case studies concerning the use of different farming methods
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture soil conservation policies
  • how to prevent soil erosion without harming the environment
  • factors affecting conservation tillage, adoption, and use for crops such as peanuts, potatoes, beets, tobacco, and vegetables. With the help of this book, you will measure the benefits and costs of conservation tillage based on profitability and environmental impact and explore the positive and negative environmental consequences that may involve air, land, water, and/or the health and ecological status of wildlife. Conservation Tillage in U.S. Agriculture is a timely and informative look at conservation tillage practices that will help you improve residue management and create better conditions for wildlife and the environment.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Conservation Tillage in Historical Contextp. 3
Current Status of Conservation Tillagep. 5
Definition of Conservation Tillagep. 5
Conservation Tillage Datap. 8
Trends in Conservation Tillage Usep. 9
Factors Affecting Conservation Tillage Adoption and Usep. 22
Conclusionp. 26
Benefits and Costs of Conservation Tillagep. 27
Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Conservation Tillagep. 28
Economic Benefits and Costs to Farmers of Conservation Tillage Adoptionp. 29
Environmental Benefits and Costs of Conservation Tillagep. 50
Conclusionp. 76
Appendixp. 77
Conservation Tillage: The Role of Public Policyp. 81
Policies Designed to Affect the Adoption of Specific Production Practicesp. 82
U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Policiesp. 85
Policy Impacts on the Adoption of Conservation Tillagep. 94
Conclusionp. 98
Summaryp. 99
Notesp. 103
Referencesp. 111
Indexp. 125
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ISBN: 9781560228844
ISBN-10: 1560228849
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 2nd June 1999
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 16.36  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1