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Plants at the Pump

Biofuels, Climate Change, and Sustainability

Examines the feasibility of achieving significant emissions reductions from the proliferation of biofuels and concludes that biofuels are not a complete, nor even the primary, solution to our transport fuel needs.

Assessing U.S. Farm Drainage

Can GIS Lead to Better Estimates of Subsurface Drainage Extent?

Extensive subsurface "tile" drainage systems on Corn Belt farmlands have important implications for nutrient pollution in surface water, notably the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent. Can a map-based...

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Water

Thirst for Corn

What 2007 Plantings Could Mean for the Environment

Now that legislation in the U.S. has jump-started the ethanol industry, priority should be directed less at the expansion of the industry and more at an evolution that offers the most benefits for the environment and energy security.

Agriculture and Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities and the 2007 Farm Bill

How can managers of agricultural operations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? What opportunities exist under the Conservation Title of the 2007 Farm Bill to enhance climate change mitigation opportunities from the U.S. agricultural sector?

Agricultural Subsidies, Poverty, and the Environment

Supporting a Domestic Reform Agenda in Developing Countries

What policies are needed so that reforms in agricultural subsidies in developed countries can translate into real benefits for poor farmers and for the environment in developing countries?

Beyond the RFS

The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Increased Grain Ethanol Production in the U.S.

Can we increase grain ethanol production without risk to soil and water resources?

Reforming Agricultural Subsidies

"No Regrets" Policies for Livelihoods and the Environment...

This paper analyzes the environmental and poverty effects of agricultural subsidies. It proposes policy reforms to help developing countries capitalize on subsidy reductions and turn their agriculture sectors into vehicles for sustainable development.

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