Environmental Best Management Practices for Agronomic Crops

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 7:45:42 PM

In Louisiana, we are blessed with beautiful and abundant waters to enjoy fishing, hunting, boating or just relaxing on the shore of a lake, river or bayou. Most of the water in Louisiana’s rivers and lakes comes from rainfall runoff. As this runoff travels across the soil surface, it carries with it soil particles, organic matter and nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Many agricultural activities also can contribute to the amount of these materials entering streams, lakes, estuaries and groundwater. In addition to ensuring an abundant, affordable food supply, Louisiana agricultural producers must strive to protect the environment.

Research and educational programs on environmental issues related to the use and management of natural resources have always been an important part of the LSU AgCenter’s mission. Working with representatives from agricultural commodity groups, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the LSU AgCenter has taken the lead in assembling a group of best Management practices, also known as BMPs, for each agricultural commodity in Louisiana.

BMPs are practices used by agricultural producers to control the generation of pollutants from agricultural activities and to thereby reduce the amount of agricultural pollutants entering surface water and groundwater. Each BMP is the result of years of research and demonstrations conducted by agricultural research scientists and soil engineers. A list of BMPs and accompanying standards and specifications are published by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in its Field Office Technical Guide.

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