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Title: Transforming Agricultural Water Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration

Abstract

Threats to ecosystems are not local; they have to be handled with the global view in mind. Eliminating Florida farms, in order to meet its environmental goals, would simply move the needed agricultural production overseas, where environmentally less sensitive approaches are often used, thus yielding no net ecological benefit. South Florida is uniquely positioned to lead in the creation of sustainable agricultural systems, given its population, technology, and environmental restoration imperative. Florida should therefore aggressively focus on developing sustainable systems that deliver both agricultural production and environmental services. This presentation introduces a new farming concept of dealing with Florida’s agricultural land issues. The state purchases large land areas in order to manage the land easily and with ecosystem services in mind. The proposed new farming concept is an alternative to the current “two sides of the ditch” model, in which on one side are yield-maximizing, input-intensive, commodity price-dependent farms, while on the other side are publicly-financed, nutrient-removing treatment areas and water reservoirs trying to mitigate the externalized costs of food production systems and other human-induced problems. The proposed approach is rental of the land back to agriculture during the restoration transition period in order to increase water storage (allowing formore » greater water flow-through and/or water storage on farms), preventing issues such as nutrients removal, using flood-tolerant crops and reducing soil subsidence. Since the proposed approach is still being developed, there exist various unknown variables and considerations. However, working towards a long-term sustainable scenario needs to be the way ahead, as the threats are global and balancing the environment and agriculture is a serious global challenge.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Hendry County, Florida
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
Contributing Org.:
Hendry County, Florida
OSTI Identifier:
1337956
Report Number(s):
DOE-HENDRYFLA-00303-405
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0000303
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Time: 11/20/2009 Author: E. A. Hanlon, J. C. Capece Title: Transforming Agricultural Water Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration Location: 19th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, Ft Myers FL Other: 97 participants; Related Information: http://www.intelligentsia-international.org/DOE2012
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; ecosystem services; agricultural land; southwest Florida; sustainable farm system; biofuels center

Citation Formats

Hanlon, Edward, and Capece, John. Transforming Agricultural Water Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Hanlon, Edward, & Capece, John. Transforming Agricultural Water Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration. United States.
Hanlon, Edward, and Capece, John. Fri . "Transforming Agricultural Water Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1337956.
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abstractNote = {Threats to ecosystems are not local; they have to be handled with the global view in mind. Eliminating Florida farms, in order to meet its environmental goals, would simply move the needed agricultural production overseas, where environmentally less sensitive approaches are often used, thus yielding no net ecological benefit. South Florida is uniquely positioned to lead in the creation of sustainable agricultural systems, given its population, technology, and environmental restoration imperative. Florida should therefore aggressively focus on developing sustainable systems that deliver both agricultural production and environmental services. This presentation introduces a new farming concept of dealing with Florida’s agricultural land issues. The state purchases large land areas in order to manage the land easily and with ecosystem services in mind. The proposed new farming concept is an alternative to the current “two sides of the ditch” model, in which on one side are yield-maximizing, input-intensive, commodity price-dependent farms, while on the other side are publicly-financed, nutrient-removing treatment areas and water reservoirs trying to mitigate the externalized costs of food production systems and other human-induced problems. The proposed approach is rental of the land back to agriculture during the restoration transition period in order to increase water storage (allowing for greater water flow-through and/or water storage on farms), preventing issues such as nutrients removal, using flood-tolerant crops and reducing soil subsidence. Since the proposed approach is still being developed, there exist various unknown variables and considerations. However, working towards a long-term sustainable scenario needs to be the way ahead, as the threats are global and balancing the environment and agriculture is a serious global challenge.},
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