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The economics of soil health

Code: 9781786763945
Maria Bowman, ERS-USDA, USA

Chapter synopsis: Soil health management practices and systems can be important tools for farmers to realize on-farm benefits associated with decreased erosion, improved levels of soil organic matter and improved soil structure and function. This chapter describes existing research on the economics of soil health (with a focus on the USA), with a particular focus on the adoption of soil health management practices by farmers and the effectiveness of incentives. The chapter identifies priorities for future research and provides a detailed list of additional resources for readers interested in topics related to the economics of soil health and soil health management practices.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0033.06
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Use of key soil health practices by farmers in the USA 3 Costs and benefits of soil health practices 4 Case studies in soil health: strengths and limitations 5 Public benefits of soil health and soil health management practices 6 Barriers to adoption of soil health practices 7 Evaluating the role of federal and state regulations, policies and incentive programmes 8 Future trends and conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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