Accession Number : ADA137495

Title :   Agriculture's Soil Conservation Programs Miss Full Potential in the Fight against Soil Erosion.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA137495

Report Date : 28 Nov 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : Indications are that soil erosion is becoming more serious and Department of Agriculture programs are not keeping pace with the current rate of erosion. Agriculture's conservation resources, including financial and technical assistance, can be used more effectively in combating soil erosion and its harmful effects--especially on the nation's productive lands. These lands must be maintained and protected to ensure food for future generations. Agriculture has recognized that soil erosion is its highest conservation priority, but to achieve maximum long-term effectiveness in its soil erosion efforts, it must compile and quantify data on erosion's harmful effects, prioritize those harmful effects, and allocate conservation resources accordingly. Agriculture also should expand, improve, and move ahead on a number of initiatives dealing with specific erosion abatement practices that should help program managers improve conservation resource use at the local level in the near term. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Soil erosion, *Soil conservation, Agriculture, United States Government, Policies

Subject Categories : Agricultural Engineering
      Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE