Exploring the role of multifunctional agriculture on the future of agriculture and rural development

Project ID: 
XP2010-03
Project Description: 
The project researchers intend to gain an understanding of the interplay between climate shifts and management practices as applied to the sustainability of healthy soils and the development of sound agricultural policies in the United States.
Project Location: 
Iowa
Johnson
Years of Grant Project: 
2
Total Grant Amt: 
65000
Program(s): 
Date: 
2010
Lead Investigator: 
Thanos N. Papanicolaou
Lead Investigator Affiliation: 
University of Iowa IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering
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Lead Investigator Bio: 

Thanos N. Papanicolaou is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa as well as an Associate Research Engineer at IIHR- Hydroscience & Engineering. For the last 13 years, his research has focused on watershed dynamics in terms of their effects on soil and water quality, as well as the biota.

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Co-investigator(s): 
Kenneth M Wacha and Christopher Wilson, University of Iowa IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
Abstract: 

The goal of this project was better understanding of the interplay between climate shifts and management practices as it affects soil organic matter (SOM) stocks in agricultural fields. Two advanced computer models were used to study this issue. [Keywords: WEPP, CENTURY, CARBON, EROSION]

Key Question: 

How can we implement multifunctional agriculture (MFA) in an Intense Managed Landscape? Is it even realistic and feasible? Which are the barriers for implementing MFA?

Answer: 

This project made progress in identifying the barriers.

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Completion Year: 
2012
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Quarter: 
2
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