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File Hansen and Ribaudo 2008. Economic measures of soil conservation benefits. USDA.
Rather lengthy technical publication that puts values on conservation efforts. Additionally it familiarizes you with the "downstream" factors affected by runoff. Offers a way for agents and growers to put monetary value on conservation efforts within the county. Hansen, LeRoy, and Marc Ribaudo. Economic Measures of Soil Conservation Benefits: Regional Values for Policy Assessment, TB-1922. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Econ. Res. Serv. September 2008.
File Zhang et al. 2010. A review of vegetated buffers and a meta-analysis of their mitigation efficacy in reducing nonpoint source pollution .pdf
Excellent review that studies effect of vegetative buffers in reducing sediment, chemicals, nutrients in runoff. Discusses the recommended dimensions of buffers necessary to trap each pollutant. Zhang, X., X. Liu, M. Zhang, R.A. Dahlgren, M. Eitzel. J. Environ. Qual. 39:76–84 (2010).
File Reichenberger et al. 2007. Mitigation strategies to reduce pesticide inputs into ground- and surface water and their effectiveness; A review
Another review that address the efficacy of vegetated buffer strips and their proper size and placement. Reichenberger, S., M. Bach, A. Skitschak, H-G. Frede. Science of the Total Environment 384 (2007) 1–35.
File Mangiafico et al. 2010. Program to evaluate water quality management practices at cooperating agricultural sites
Researchers surveyed growers about their knowledge and use of water quality BMPs then aided in installation and management. Challenges were faced in quantifying the improvements of using BMPs. Univ of Calif. Program to Evaluate Water Quality Management Practices at Cooperating Agricultural Sites. Mangiafico, SS, JP Newman, DJ Merhaut, B Faber. J. Ext. 48 No. 2IAW3.
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This project received support from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as part of the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

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