For farming communities in the Midwest, the herbicide dicamba did more than damage crops – it created tensions between friends and neighbors and raised questions about how state officials and makers of dicamba - Monsanto and BASF - responded to the problem. Join us for a panel discussion featuring weed scientists, industry leaders and community members as we delve deeper into the issues that arose with dicamba. There will be time after the moderated panel for an audience Q & A session.
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).
ByAnna Casey/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Scientists, stakeholders and community members gathered at the Champaign Public Library on Thursday evening for a discussion about increased agricultural irrigation and how it affects the region's water supply.
Join the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and a panel of experts for a free community conversation on Thursday, August 24 at the Champaign Public Library about irrigation in Illinois, current regulations, and what it means for the future of farming as the state’s shifting climate becomes less predictable.
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.
In this free, two-hour session, learn how to keep an eye on government and find out what's happening in your community. Learn the ins and outs of the Freedom of Information Act and how to get the documents you want from your government.
Learn mobile and social media best practices from journalists and others at the upcoming MobileMe&You2 Conference, held simultaneously in Chicago and SanFrancisco on Friday, Oct. 28. The conference continues Saturday, Oct. 29, in Chicago only. Register today!
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.