How did the soybean become such a common crop in the U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 

A matching gift will double your donation

We are excited to announce a matching gift opportunity from News Match, a national campaign by independent foundations to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations like ours. Starting right now—and until the end of the year—News Match will match dollar for dollar any donation we receive - up to $1,000 per donation. 

Announcing our first-ever audience engagement fellow, Anna Casey

Illinois Humanities and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting jointly announced today that Anna Casey has been named their first-ever Audience Engagement Fellow. During the 12-month term of her Fellowship, Casey will work full-time with the Center, a Champaign-based nonprofit investigative newsroom focused on agriculture and agribusiness, to build dialogue with the community members and involve them more deeply in the reporting process.

Applications now open for the Illinois Humanities Engagement Fellowship

We are seeking applicants for the Illinois Humanities Engagement Fellowship at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting in Champaign, Ill. In collaboration with MCIR and Illinois Humanities staff, the Engagement Fellow will design, develop and implement an engagement program to be substantially integrated into MCIR’s reporting and editorial workflow. Deadline to apply is April 10.

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The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation continues to match your donations as part of a $25,000 match to the Midwest Center.
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Last day to triple your donation – please donate now!

Today is the last day to triple your donation to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. As part of a 30-day #newsmatch challenge from the Knight Foundation, every dollar you donate through today will be matched. And thanks to the generosity of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, your dollar is matched again.

Your donation is tripled – support nonprofit journalism now

Now more than ever, we need hard-working journalists to produce fact-based journalism that supports our democracy by telling the truth and holding powerful institutions accountable. Your tax-deductible donation to the Midwest Center will be tripled and fund our reporters and center as they do the stories that matter.

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting gets Knight Foundation’s #newsmatch challenge

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is one of nearly 60 nonprofit news organizations selected by the Knight Foundation to participate in the Knight News Match challenge. Knight Foundation has created a $1.5 million fund for a group of nonprofit journalism news outlets to support their work and help them expand their base of individual donors. Please consider a $10, $25 or even $50 gift. Donate now!From Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan.

Central Illinois already seeing effects of climate change

“We’re actually at the warmest part for the historical record for Illinois,” said State Climatologist Jim Angel, speaking to a crowd of about 60 at the Champaign Public Library on Tuesday. “This is a different climate for what our parents, grandparents or great grandparents would’ve experienced in Illinois.”