Reporting from Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse.
Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.
This image shows water quality changes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reds and oranges represent high concentrations of algae and river sediment. Under certain conditions excessive algal growth can result in a "dead zone" of low oxygen.
Credit (via NASA/Goddard SVS)
An illustration of the flow of water from tributaries in the middle of the United States, down the Mississippi River, and into the Gulf of Mexico. Pollutants impacting the health of the River and Gulf can originate far inland.