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Title: Experiences from the ARS croplands CEAP program

item Sadler, Edward

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/24/2014
Publication Date: 6/24/2014
Citation: Sadler, E.J. 2014. Experiences from the ARS croplands CEAP program [abstract]. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Sustainable Bioenergy Landscapes Workshop, June 24-26, 2014, Argonne, Illinois. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The multi-agency Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) within USDA produced a number of lessons that should be applicable to the use of landscape approaches to place bioenergy crops. Results from the ARS Croplands Watersheds CEAP, the NRCS CEAP, and the NIFA CEAP Watershed Assessment Studies will be presented. General guidance for sustainability includes watershed-level planning, attention to contaminants of interest and design of BMPs specifically to address them, sufficient consideration of human dimensions, caution in the over-interpretation of models, caution in scaling beyond the knowledge base, and appropriate monitoring design sustained long enough to produce representative results. Three ARS locations produced specific research results relevant to the placement of bioenergy feedstocks – Ames IA, Columbia MO, and University Park PA. Specific findings from those locations will be presented. In particular, the scale of the area used for optimum placement may be smaller than the usual field size, there may be economic and environmental benefits to the integration of bioenergy feedstocks in the agricultural landscape, but addressing human dimensions may be a challenge to success.