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Agriculture 2017, 7(7), 54; doi:10.3390/agriculture7070054

Toward Improved Adoption of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Lake Erie Basin: Perspectives from Resilience and Agricultural Innovation Literature

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Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, EV1-246, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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School of Environmental Design and Rural Planning, Landscape Architecture Bldg., University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Academic Editors: Rabin Bhattarai and Paul Davidson
Received: 6 May 2017 / Revised: 29 June 2017 / Accepted: 30 June 2017 / Published: 6 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Quality for Agriculture)
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Abstract

Phosphorus (P) runoff from agricultural sources is a recognized environmental problem, particularly in regions draining into Lake Erie. This problem may well be exacerbated particularly through increased magnitude and frequency of extreme climatic events (e.g., excessive precipitation and droughts). On the physical sciences side, the recent extensive literature focuses on structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) which have the potential to mitigate both surface and sub-subsurface P losses. Modeling studies show that there is still a lack of adoption of these P-related voluntary BMPs by the farmers. At the same time, and while the social sciences side of the literature on structural BMPs adoption weakly affirms the latter, this paper argues that the literature on resilience and on agricultural innovation can better inform our understanding of the limited adoption of phosphorus related structural BMPs by farmers in the Lake Erie Basin. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural phosphorus; resilience; best management practices (BMPs); agricultural innovation; Lake Erie agricultural phosphorus; resilience; best management practices (BMPs); agricultural innovation; Lake Erie
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Akkari, C.; Robin Bryant, C. Toward Improved Adoption of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Lake Erie Basin: Perspectives from Resilience and Agricultural Innovation Literature. Agriculture 2017, 7, 54.

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