Environmentally sensitive Mississippi River region croplands should be targeted for conservation to benefit the climate and water quality

Read the full story from the Environmental Working Group.

Adopting conservation practices on environmentally sensitive croplands can have big benefits for the climate and water quality.

In counties in the Mississippi River region with farmed wetland acres, between 2017 and 2020, only 36 percent of funding from a major Department of Agriculture conservation program went to practices that would have such benefits. The region’s counties with the most environmentally sensitive wetland farmed acres did not receive a commensurate portion of such funding.

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