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BMP Development and Implementation in Florida

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  077089.(doi:10.13031/2013.23469)
Authors:   Brian J Boman,
Keywords:   Best Management Practices, water quality, water conservation, nutrients, water management

Florida's unique combination of sub-tropical climate, sandy soils, high-value crops, and shallow water tables have made the development and implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce environmental impacts from agricultural production a challenge. Most of the BMP development has followed commodity lines, with the primary programs developed to date in the following: citrus, sod, vegetables, equine, agronomic crops, cow calf operations, silviculture, container nurseries, forage grasses, aquaculture, and leatherleaf ferns. BMP programs have been developed for the golf course and landscape industries in addition to programs focused on lawn care, yards, and homeowners associations. Each of the BMP programs are designed to reduce impacts to ground and surface waters by reducing loadings of nutrients, pesticides, sediment, and flow volume running off the properties. This paper summarizes the BMP processes that have produced a BMP manuals, workshops, on-farm demonstrations, public education campaigns, and extensive agricultural worker training programs. This paper also presents lessons learned about developing consensus among the diverse interests involved in developing BMPs.

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