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The challenges ahead in managing agricultural landscapes for environmental quality

The paper argues that a “landscape approach” is necessary to address agricultural nonpoint source pollution problems. It reviews the development of “landscape thinking” in agriculture and how this has been incorporated into the USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP). We present some successes in landscape approaches to agricultural systems and then discuss the key biophysical, human dimensions and institutional/policy challenges facing this effort. with an adaptive landscape approach to managing agricultural landscapes.

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