Developing climate-smart and sustainable cropping systems in the Southern U.S.
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Increasing resilience and adaptive capacity of agricultural production systems under the realm of climate change requires promotion of efficient and sustainable farming systems and practices. Perpetuation of current farming practices can make agricultural landscapes extremely vulnerable to soil erosion, nutrient losses, increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, decreased carbon sequestration and ground water depletion. To meet these challenges, comprehensive knowledge of the functioning of agricultural systems is essential. We need to redesign and develop novel cropping system practices to accomplish the goals of profitability; environmental and ecological sustainability; and food, fiber, and energy security.