Can conservation complement agriculture?

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2011-12-01
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Helmers, Matthew
Doudna, John
Helmers, Matthew
O'Neal, Matt
O'Neal, Matthew
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Agriculture will need to produce at least 70% more food by 2050 to ensure global food security (FAO 2009). However, increased productivity has historically come with on-farm and societal costs such as increased soil erosion and nutrient run-off. While conservation is often considered separate from the needs of agriculture, recent research at ISU suggests that targeted conservation practices can positively impact management of farm land, especially for preventing soil erosion and nutrient run-off.

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