Business / Agriculture / Agricultural Pollution: Wastes, emissions, and discharges arising from farming activities. Causes include runoff and leaching of pesticides and fertilizers: pesticide drift and volatilization: erosion and dust from cultivation: and improper disposal of animal manure and carcasses. Some agricultural pollution is point source, e.g., large feedlots, which require permits under the Clean Water Act, but much is nonpoint source, meaning that it derives from dispersed origins, e.g., blowing dust or nutrients leaching from fields. As most pollution control programs have focused on particular categories of point sources, nonpoint and unregulated point sources account for an increasingly large proportion of remaining pollution. Based on state surveys, the Environmental Protection Agency concludes that agricultural sources account for over one-half the pollution impairing surface water quality in the U.S. The Clean Water Act mandates that states develop and implement management programs to control nonpoint sources of water pollution.
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Pollution Verb Synonyms: contamination, adulteration, corruption, polluting, fouling, befouling, soiling, spoiling, tainting, staining, dirtying, sullying, blighting, poisoning, vitiation
Business / Agriculture / Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS): The USDA agency that administers agricultural export and food aid programs. FAS is also responsible for formulating agricultural trade policy, negotiating to reduce foreign agricultural trade barriers MORE
Business / Agriculture / Food And Agricultural Act Of 1965: P.L. 89-321 (November 3, 1965) was the first multi-year farm legislation, providing for 4-year commodity programs for wheat, feed grains, and upland cotton. It was extended for 1 more year, through 19 MORE
Business / Agriculture / Intermediate Agricultural Products: Generally refers to agricultural products that have a higher per-unit value than bulk commodities: they are often partly processed but not necessarily ready for the consumers. Examples might include s MORE