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Spending a part of my Sunday looking over the agenda for #sciencewriters2019, one of very few gatherings where I can bring up my interest in endangered wolf semen and still be in good company. Looking forward to seeing y'all this weekend!
Living with attention deficit problems as an adult means that on my days off, I get on the computer at 10am with the intention of refilling a prescription online... And then at 1:30pm, having 20 tabs open, none of which are the pharmacy's website.
In my reporting, I learned there are many Missouri farmers who are planting cover crops, doing grid sampling to conserve fertilizer, building buffer zones. But I learned from experts that in the larger scheme of things, it'll take decades to undo what ag has done for many years.
The dead zone is mostly fed by Midwest farm runoff. But states along the Mississippi River have different approaches to reducing runoff. Some states have limits. Missouri does not set limits but has funding to give farmers incentives to do conservation. 
In the Gulf of Mexico, there's an area where oxygen is so low that no marine life can survive. This year's dead zone was larger than Connecticut. For our series on nutrient pollution @travis_lux @WWNO reports on how that makes life hard for shrimpers. 
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