This year the Midwest Center reporters traveled throughout the nation to tell the stories of migrant farm workers who work for low pay and live in terrible housing conditions.

In Michigan, a migrant couple told of the bed bugs that plagued their sleep, the lack of plumbing that forced them to wash with a bucket of water all while earning $7 an hour for their work.

In Texas, other workers told of being recruited to fields in Iowa where promises of higher wages and better living conditions were broken.

The Midwest Center dug also into federal data on ethanol spills and showed those spills have increased exponentially this decade, threatening our environment and safety.

And it initiated a project to show how climate change will impact farmers and taxpayers.

We need your help to ensure this high-quality reporting continues at a time when mainstream media has little time or resources to report on Big Agribusiness even though the industry impacts so many parts of our life — from food to labor to energy to the environment.

You can support us with a tax-deductible donation  to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting —  a donation that will be tripled by two foundations matching dollar for dollar.

“The matching funds is a wonderful opportunity that doesn’t come along that often,” said Pam Dempsey, executive director of the Midwest Center. “Every dollar contributed will result in two more dollars that we can put toward expanding and deepening our reporting at a time when our country needs reliable and credible journalism.”

Your donation in any amount is appreciated.

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 fund our reporters and center as they do the stories that matter.

We thank our long-time supporter, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the invaluable Knight Foundation for their matching funds and encourage you to help us meet their challenge to us. We need to raise $15,000 more to meet the Ethics and Excellence match and $25,000 by Jan. 19 to meet the Knight match. Please help us meet those goals!

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