Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Agricultural Resource Use and Management
Editor: Kimberly Etingoff

Agricultural Resource Use and Management

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: August 2014
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880732
E-Book ISBN: 9781498701259
Pages: 353 pp w index
Binding Type: hardbound

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Agriculture is one of the prime users of water, particularly in arid places with already-limited water resources, and its effects are diverse and far-reaching. Providing a nuanced study of agricultural resource management, this informative book takes a four-pronged approach, covering research on

• the impact of agriculture on water
• the impact of agriculture on soil quality and its ecological health
• energy and greenhouse gases
• the impact of a growing population on agricultural resources

Topics include the connection between chemical fertilizer use in agriculture and stream water quality; beef and dairy production on livestock, dairy, and crops; livestock and greenhouse gases; energy consumption rates in agriculture; efficient farming techniques, such as precision agriculture, irrigation management, and sustainable water technologies; and more.

This informative and accessible volume offers a comprehensive guide to this vital and necessary field of study.


Part I: Water
1. A Statistical Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Land Use Intensity on Regional Surface Water Quality at Multiple Scales
Weiwei Zhang, Hong Li, Danfeng Sun, and Liandi Zhou
2. Discussion on Sustainable Water Technologies for Peri-Urban Areas of Mexico City: Balancing Urbanization and Environmental Conservation
Tiemen A. Nanninga, Iemke Bisschops, Eduardo López, José Luis Martínez-Ruiz, Daniel Murillo, Laura Essl, and Markus Starkl

Part II: Soil and Land
3. Evaluation of Post-Harvest Organic Carbon Amendments as a Strategy to Minimize Nitrogen Losses in Cole Crop Production
Katelyn A. Congreves, Richard J. Vyn, and Laura L. Van Eerd
4. Sustainability of US Organic Beef and Dairy Production Systems: Soil, Plant, and Cattle Interactions
Aimee N. Hafla, Jennifer W. MacAdam, and Kathy J. Soder
5. Changes of Soil Bacterial Diversity as a Consequence of Agricultural Land Use in a Semi-Arid Ecosystem
Guo-Chun Ding, Yvette M. Piceno, Holger Heuer, Nicole Weinert, Anja B. Dohrmann, Angel Carrillo, Gary L. Andersen, Thelma Castellanos, Christoph C. Tebbe, and Kornelia Smalla

Part III: Energy and Greenhouse Gases
6. A Greenhouse Gas and Soil Carbon Model for Estimating the Carbon Footprint of Livestock Production in Canada
Xavier P.C. Vergé, James A. Dyer, Devon E. Worth, Ward N. Smith, Raymond L. Desjardins, and Brian G. McConkey
7. Diesel Consumption of Agriculture in China
Nan Li, Hailin Mu, Huanan Li, and Shusen Gui
8. Energy Savings by Adopting Precision Agriculture in Rural USA
Ganesh C. Bora, John F. Nowatzki, and David C. Roberts
9. Reducing Carbon Emissions through Improved Irrigation Management: A Case Study from Pakistan
Asad Sarwar Qureshi

Part IV: Impact of Population Growth
10. Impact of a Growing Population in Agricultural Resource Management: Exploring the Global Situation with a Micro-Level Example
A. H. M. Zehadul Karim
11. Crop Breeding for Low-Input Agriculture: A Sustainable Response to Feed a Growing World Population
Tiffany L. Fess, James B. Kotcon, and Vagner A. Benedito
12. Spatial-Temporal Variation of Population Growth and Sustainability of Food Grain Production in West Bengal, India
Sanjit Sarkar and Kasturi Mondal

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Kimberly Etingoff
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kimberly Etingoff's background includes city and regional planning, farming, food systems programming, sociology, and urban geography. She studied at the University of Rochester and Tufts University and has done extensive field work with food systems and agricultural sociology. She has been writing and editing academic and educational books on topics such as nutrition, farming, and aspects of sociology for more than ten years.

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