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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Managing Agricultural Phosphorus for Environmental Protection

Authors
item Sims, J - UNIV OF DELAWARE
item Kleinman, Peter

Submitted to: Soil Science Society of America Special Publication Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: February 28, 2005
Publication Date: July 1, 2005
Citation: Sims, J.T., Kleinman, P.J. 2005. Managing agricultural phosphorus for environmental protection. In Sims, J. T. and Sharpley, A.N. Phosphorus: Agriculture and the Environment. Madison, W.I: Soil Science Society of America Special Publication. o, 1021-1068.

Interpretive Summary: An interpretive summary is not required.

Technical Abstract: Phosphorus originating from agriculture has long been recognized as an important source of P in surface waters. Successful implementation of management practices to reduce nonpoint P pollution must address not only the technical aspects of P transport, but also the economic, social, and political considerations that affect farmers' willingness to adopt and maintain these practices. This paper provides an overview of best management practices (BMPs) for controlling point and non point source P pollution from agriculture. Practices are organized by the scale at which they are applied (farm, field, and watershed/region), as well as by the mechanism of P transfer (source vs. transport) that they address. Issues affecting implementation of BMPs are reviewed. Finally, two U.S. case studies are presented to illustrate innovative efforts to address non-point source P pollution from livestock and field crop agriculture.

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