Originally published in 1982, this report explores long-term trends in demand for U.S. agricultural production, energy prices and agricultural technologies and their effect on natural resources such as land and water in the United States. Crosson and Brubaker also discuss possible policy modifications in order to lessen the environmental impacts expected to emerge from these trends. This title will be of interest to students of Environmental Studies.
Table of Contents
Preface: Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction 2. Projections of Production of Grains, Soybeans, and Cotton in the United States 3. Factors Affecting Farmers’ Choices among Technologies: Prices of Inputs 4. Trends in Productivity and Crop Yields in the United States 5. The Demand for and Supply of Cropland Introduction 6. Projections of Fertilizers and Pesticides 7. Environmental Impacts of Projected Production and Resource Use 8. Policy Considerations; Appendixes to Chapter 2: Deprivation of Projections Production; Appendix A to Chapter 4: Analysis of Trends in Crop Yields; Appendix B to Chapter 4: Trends in Total Agricultural Productivity; Appendix to Chapter 5: Material Relating to the Demand for and supply of Cropland; Index