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Ohio-Tennessee River Basin

Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin

Ohio-Tennessee Report cover

On February 9, 2012, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of the CEAP-Cropland report on the effects of conservation practices on cropland in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin. This report is the fourth in a series of regional reports that continues the tradition within USDA of assessing the status, condition, and trends of natural resources to determine how to improve conservation programs to best meet the Nation's needs. These reports use a sampling and modeling approach to quantify the environmental benefits that farmers and conservation programs are currently providing to society, and explore prospects for attaining additional benefits with further conservation treatment.

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Computer modeling simulations indicate that conservation practice use in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin has reduced sediment, nutrient, and pesticide losses from farm fields. However, there remain significant opportunities for reducing nonpoint agricultural sources of pollution. The most significant agricultural conservation concern in the region is the loss of phosphorus from farm fields.

The full report and the summary documents contain an assessment of the effects of practices. Technical information on the methodology for CEAP Cropland studies in general, including the one on the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin, and documentation reports on the modeling methodology, models and databases are available as part of the Cropland National Assessment. Detailed information is also available on the CEAP Cropland Farmer Surveys conducted by NASS.

Information on other CEAP projects addressing watersheds, wetlands, wildlife, and grazing lands in the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin are also available.

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