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.
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 Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent.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...
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.
Paying for Environmental Performance: Estimating the Environmental Outcomes of Agricultural Best Management Practices
How can the estimation of environmental outcomes be used to effectively allocate conservation funding, and what additional steps are needed to improve this process?
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?
Explains how reverse auctions can be used as a cost-effective method for allocating funding in US Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
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?
How will U.S. agriculture be affected by climate change and how do farmers benefit by decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions?
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?