Help us investigate the growing number of pesticide drift complaints

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that the number of alleged pesticide misuse complaints in Illinois this year is already more than the previous three years combined. States across the Midwest have reported a similar spike. Experts say this sharp increase is due in large part to new formulations of the weed killer dicamba. Many farmers and homeowners are reporting damage to their non-dicamba-resistant plants, raising questions about how easily the product can drift off target, even when applied according to the directions on the label. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has been following the story, and we want to hear from you (regardless of whether you filed a formal complaint).

Join our community conversation on climate change

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and CU-CitizenAccess are hosting a public discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the local, regional and agribusiness impacts from climate change — ranging from flooding and the water supply to changing weather patterns and agricultural techniques.

‘The Long Journey Home’ sparks conversation on Latino migration

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting was part of a two-hour event focused on the Latino migration to central Illinois on Sept. 29, 2015. The event, “The Long Journey Home: The Story of Latino Migration into Central Illinois,” was the second installment of an Illinois Humanities’ series. CU-CitizenAccess.org, Illinois Public Media and the University of Illinois College of Media also helped host the event, which took place at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Ill.

Apply now for an all-expense paid reporting workshop

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, through support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Poynter Institute, is seeking applications for an all-expense paid workshop covering the U.S. visa system. Deadline to apply is March 22 (apply online).