Problem, Solution and Barrier Paper

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Running head: REMEDIATING AGRICULTURAL WATER CONTAMINATION 1 Remediating Agricultural Water Contamination: Problem, Solution, and Barriers Paper Student Name COMM 2367 MWF 9:10 Instructor Name September 29, 2012 REMIEDIATING AGRICULTURAL WATER CONTAMINATION Remediating Agricultural Water Contamination: Problem, Solution, and Barriers Paper Problem Concerns about water pollution are generally focused towards sources that are highly visible and chemically oriented. However, the greatest causes of water contamination and quantity abuse in the United States come from agricultural production (United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], 2012a), which is defined as a nonpoint source that pollutes with nutrients. In 2011, nine…show more content…
To pursue effective and long-term change, the current system needs to include a legal structure for environmental conservation. Every five to seven years, federal legislation sets the general direction of agricultural policy (American Farmland Trust [AFT], 2012a). The U.S. Farm Bill of 2008 expires on October 1, 4 2012, and although the U.S. Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill, the House of Representatives has failed to either pass a new bill or enact a short-term plan (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, 2012). The importance of this year’s Farm Bill is that it includes conservation compliance measures (AFT, 2012b). The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition [NSAC] (2012) is a nonprofit agency that employs direct advocacy, grassroots movements, and public education to promote institutional reform and natural resource conservation. This group recognizes the need for federal funding and regulation of farms, and it responds by using its financial and time resources to get information to farmers and establishing a respected office in D.C. (NSAC, 2012). While the NSAC supports other aspects of sustainable agriculture, such as buying locally grown food, most of their work is geared towards getting information to farmers and Congressmen/women about agricultural practices and programs. This November the NSAC
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