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Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Best management practices, or BMPs, are cost-efficient processes and activities that improve many aspects of daily life, from healthcare to food service. Agricultural BMPs aim to reduce water use and water quality impacts on farms and ranches while improving or maintaining soil. Additional BMPs focus on forestry practices and lawn care. In Florida, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) adopts by rule specific BMP manuals as a part of the state’s water quality policy.

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2021 Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Agricultural Best Management Practices

FE600/FE600 by Michael T. Olexa, Tatiana Borisova, and Jana CaraccioloJune 21st, 2021This handbook is designed to provide a summary of the principal federal and state (Florida) laws that directly or indirectly relate to agriculture. Because these laws are subject to constant revision, portions of the handbook could become outdated at any time. The reader should use it as a means to determine areas in which to seek more information and as a brief directory of agencies that can help answer more specific questions.

Best Management Practices (BMPs): Perimeter Borders

AE439/AE439by Vivek Sharma, Kati W. Migliaccio, Brian Boman, Jemy Hinton, and Kevin HancockJune 18th, 2021This publication addresses perimeter borders as a best management practice. Written by Vivek Sharma, Kati W. Migliaccio, Brian Boman, Jemy Hinton, and Kevin Hancock, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, revised May 2021.

Carrot (Daucus carota) Production in the Sandy Soils of North Florida: Nitrogen Fertilization Guidelines

AE588/AE588by Morgan Morrow, Vivek Sharma, Robert C. Hochmuth, Charles Barrett, and Marina Burani-AroucaAugust 9th, 2023This publication discusses carrot growth characteristics and provides nitrogen fertilizer best management practices for carrot crops growing in north Florida. The nitrogen management guidelines presented in this publication are based on multiyear field-based research conducted by UF/IFAS. Written by Morgan Morrow, Vivek Sharma, Robert C. Hochmuth, Charles Barrett, and Marina Burani-Arouca, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, July 2023.

Fertilization and Irrigation Needs for Florida Lawns and Landscapes

EP110/ENH860by R. Klein, A.J. Lindsey, M. McMillan, J. B. Unruh, and M.D. DukesJuly 17th, 2023Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Best Management Practices (BMPs) for management of commercial and residential lawns and landscapes were developed by scientists with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). These BMPs assist homeowners and professionals in making management choices that will help sustain lawns and landscapes in Florida without impairing Florida’s water resources.

Homeowner Best Management Practices for the Home Lawn

EP236/ENH979 by Alex J. Lindsey, Marco Schiavon, J. Bryan Unruh, and Laurie E. TrenholmDecember 12th, 2023A healthy lawn is an important component of an urban landscape. Not only do lawns increase the value of a property, but they also reduce soil erosion, filter stormwater runoff, cool the air, and reduce glare and noise. A healthy lawn effectively filters and traps sediment and pollutants that could otherwise contaminate surface waters and groundwater. This publication is intended for those who maintain their own lawn and landscapes.

The Basics of Agricultural BMPs in Northern Florida and Southwestern Georgia

FR437/FOR368by Martha C. Monroe and Charles BarrettAugust 12th, 2021Best management practices (BMPs) are cost-efficient processes that improve daily life, from healthcare to food service. Agricultural BMPs aim to reduce water use and improve water quality and soil on farms and ranches as well as to encourage better forestry practices and lawn care. This fact sheet introduces non-farmers to agricultural BMPs.

Total Maximum Daily Loads and Agricultural BMPs in Florida

AE388/ABE362 by Kati W. Migliaccio, Kelly T. Morgan, Brian J. Boman, Sandra Guzman, and Haimanote BayabilAugust 26th, 2019

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