College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Erosion and Runoff Control

Farmers have traditionally been concerned with protecting soils and the farm landscape in order to prevent losses in the land’s productive potential.  They have installed erosion control measures to guard against loss of topsoil and destruction of the landscape.  They have changed farming practices to maintain soil quality.  The publications of extension and research faculty at the University of Maryland listed below document the extent to which Maryland farmers engage in conservation efforts.  They also discuss the activities of government subsidy programs intended to make it feasible for farmers to enhance their conservation efforts.


Lichtenberg, Erik, Doug Parker, and Sarah Lane, “Best Management Practice Use and Nutrient Management in Maryland: A 2010 Snapshot”, Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, February 2012.


Lichtenberg, Erik, “On-Farm Conservation and Nutrient Management in Maryland”, University of Maryland Extension In-Service, Bowie, MD, January 26, 2012.

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