‘Dead Zone’ smaller than expected, but bigger than desired

The so-called dead zone where the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico, an area of low oxygen that cannot sustain life, clocked in at 3,275 square miles this year — below the recent average and smaller than what was previously predicted, but almost twice the target goal set by the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

Minnesota has struggled to reduce the farm pollution that runs into the Mississippi River watershed. So crop breeders at the University of Minnesota are working on new perennial and winter annual crops to suck up that pollution before it escapes. Food scientists and marketers are trying to develop uses for these crops that could also provide new revenue for farmers.