Chickens line up to feed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. poultry farm. The farm houses approximately 7,000 chickens used for egg production and ovary cancer research. Photo by Steve Matzker / For Investigate Midwest

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 gift to the Midwest Center will fund our reporters and center as they produce the stories that matter – telling the truth and holding powerful institutions accountable through fact-based journalism.

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.

Please make a gift today.

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