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About The Center

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent, nonprofit newsroom devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy.

May 4, 2010 |

USDA rural broadband investment tops $200 million in 2018

The USDA has announced plans for a pilot program to bring broadband internet to all of rural America.

The plan, which Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue calls a “proof of concept,” will provide $600 million dollars in grants and loans to internet service providers to bring connection to parts of the country that are too remote, underpopulated or expensive to serve.

January 9, 2019 |

Business, education, healthcare top of mind as rural broadband expansion inches forward

When nearly 300 Americans submitted comments this summer on the USDA's pilot plan to bring high speed broadband internet to rural America, they mentioned the great opportunities reliable internet connectivity could bring.

But they also voiced skepticism over the agency's proposed plans for the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year.

November 21, 2018 |

With your help, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting could receive up to $75,000
NewsMatch opens with more than $3 million in matching support for nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

The campaign doubles donations to 155 nonprofit newsrooms in nearly every state across the country, starting Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2018.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting will also receive an additional match.

November 16, 2018 |