MU Researchers Join National Effort to Search for Solution for Chemical Runoff from Rural Farms

Researchers from the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources are hoping to improve runoff strategies for farmers by analyzing water samples in the Gulf of Mexico. Since a large portion of crops are grown near the Mississippi River basin, chemicals used by farmers end up downstream and lead to various negative effects for animal and plant life in the Gulf. “After [they] collect [their] data, [they] can work with farmers to create better ways to mitigate runoff, sediment and nutrient losses.” Since solutions will not be applicable everywhere, multiple areas will be tested.

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