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Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit

On February 21 and 22, MFAI’s Policy Program Director, Margaret Krome, joined watershed organizers, researchers, farmers, and agency leaders from states north to south along the length of the Mississippi River to explore strategies for creating programs that help farmers reduce the nutrient-rich runoff that’s creating the Dead Zone so harmful to marine life – and fishermen’s livelihoods – in the Gulf of Mexico. It rained continuously in Memphis during our two-day meeting, but it was warm and dry at the national headquarters of Ducks Unlimited, which hosted us. “I heard some very exciting ideas about working with farmers to support and incentivize their conservation practices,” says Krome.