The Environmental Working Group has released a new interactive map of the 13 states in the Mississippi River Critical Conservation Area. EWG claims certain ‘hot spots’ received a disproportionately large amount of crop insurance payments. South Dakota’s Brown County is at the top of that list, receiving $608 million between 2001 and 2020. South Dakota has six of the top ten counties on this list. Illinois has three and Minnesota has two. North Dakota is not included in the region surveyed. In its summary, EWG advocates crop insurance reform and increased funding for conservation programs.
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