Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat

In a new technique to try to decrease water pollution from agricultural runoff, Mississippi State developed a program to work with a network of farms to monitor the impact of certain conservation policies. The program, titled REACH, has enlisted the help of 51 farms mainly from the northwest region of the state, where agriculture is more widespread. The pollution is a result of fertilizer use on farms when nitrogen and phosphorous are carried downstream by draining water, encouraging algae growth in the Gulf of Mexico, and removing oxygen from the ecosystem. The project is designed to give policymakers more information to implement conservation strategies.

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