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From Farmer to Shrimper: The Dead Zone
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Unfortunately, the federal crop subsidy system pays farmers for planting corn and soybeans, and penalizes them for diverse rotations that include small grains, pasture, and hay. Conflicting national agricultural incentives and objectives contribute to environmental problems such as the Gulf dead zone.

For more information, go online and read the USGS fact sheet Nitrogen in the Mississippi Basin: Estimating Sources and Predicting Flux to the Gulf of Mexico, or explore the Mississippi River Basin and Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force website, and the Science Museum of Minnesota's Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone interactive website.


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