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The Future of Southern Agriculture
The Future (2010)
  • Gregory Keith Bartley, Jr., University of Tennessee
The increasing demand for the supply of energy in the south heavily impacts the allocation of water for use in agriculture. With such a high percentage of the south's freshwater going towards energy production, little can make its way into food, feed, and fiber. Because the need for this exponential energy production in the south is currently greater than its agricultural importance, southern farmers are left to endure heavy irrigation restrictions. The solution to this problem can manifest itself in one of two ways. Southern states can either implement strategies that can reduce plant water consumption without reducing yield, or discover a water-friendly energy solution capable of sustaining a large population of people. Because sustainable energy solutions are currently unavailable and would require national support, plant utilization of water must be improved until a sustainable energy solution can be implemented.
  • mycorrhizza,
  • drought,
  • crops,
  • global warming,
  • agriculture,
  • fungi
Publication Date
Spring March 1, 2010
Citation Information
Gregory Keith Bartley. "The Future of Southern Agriculture" The Future (2010)
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