Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are essential to protect Florida’s natural resources by mitigating agriculture’s potential negative impact on the environment. Public benefits of BMP implementation include sustained or improved water quality, reduced soil erosion and increased water conservation. Private benefits can include improved crop yield and reduced input costs from less labor, fuel and fertilizer.
“Growers provide a public service by absorbing the cost of implementing BMPs,” says Tara Wade, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences assistant professor. “More information is needed so we can have a meaningful conversation about who should be paying for BMP adoption and how to improve the program design.”