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Description of Agriculture as a Human Activity Affecting Fish Habitat in Central Mississippi River States

from the National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2015 Through a Fish's Eye Report


Kentucky and Missouri rank in the top five states in the number of farms. Cattle and poultry are the most common livestock in the region and corn, soybeans, cotton, tobacco, and rice are among the most frequently grown crops. Rice farming is the dominant agriculture in southeast Missouri and northeastern Arkansas, an area of high risk of stream degradation. Nearly 66 percent of Missouri is farmed and north Missouri, another high risk area, is predominately cattle farms, row crops, and hay fields. Cattle farms account for increased risk of habitat degradation in central and east Tennessee as well as Southern Kentucky. Runoff from agricultural fields carries sediment, fertilizers, and pesticides into tributaries and rivers. The herbicide [...]



The U.S Geological Survey (USGS) is partnering with the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) to produce the 2015 report entitled, "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2015". The information contained within this item is a product of NFHP. The Bureau is neither responsible nor liable for the accuracy or the use of the scientific content within this item. This content is considered preliminary pending subsequent review and approval.

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