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 | https://investigatemidwest.org/about/
Midwest farmers and businesses rallied Tuesday to oppose the escalating U.S.-China trade war. Here's why.September 21, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/09/21/midwest-businesses-farmers-rally-to-oppose-trumps-trade-war/
Use this database to see how many farmland acres your state has lost or gained between 1997 and 2012September 18, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/09/18/database-disappearing-farmland/
Urban sprawl began in the 1950s and has been a concern of city planners and the agricultural community since the early 1990s.
But a new study from American Farmland Trust shows development around small towns across the Midwest has contributed nearly as much to the loss of agricultural land since 1992 as urban sprawl.September 18, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/09/18/disappearing-farmland/
America has lost millions of acres of farmland over the nearly three decades to urban and rural development.
Despite conservation efforts by state and local governments and increased financial incentives for farmers, urban development and the expansion of rural residential real estate over the last 25 years has eliminated farmland across the country at levels not seen since the early 1970s.
It’s been nearly two weeks since the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto officially began its integration, two months since the deal closed and nearly two years since the planned deal was announced.
Despite that, newly appointed Bayer officials are vague on how they plan to handle the mountain of lawsuits inherited from Monsanto over pesticides such as glyphosate and dicamba.August 29, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/08/29/post-merger-bayer-vague-on-lawsuit-strategy/
As President Donald Trump continues to wage a multi-front trade war with some of the U.S.’ biggest economic partners, farmers have borne some of the heaviest financial burden.
More than a third of trade disputes involving the U.S. relate to agriculture, according to an analysis of disputes submitted to the World Trade Organization since its creation in 1995.August 13, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/08/13/trade-disputes-explode-under-trump-tariff-war/
Slaughterhouses provide low, yet stable floor for employment in rural America
As meat consumption rises, processing jobs offer more employment opportunities for nonmetropolitan areas
Animal Slaughtering and processing operations make up a large portion of the total jobs available in rural America, meaning these jobs are some of the best options for some Americans where steady, full-time work can be scarce. While these jobs are available across the country, the largest employers operate facilities with thousands of employees in rural areas, what the BLS refers to as “nonmetropolitan areas.”
The following maps and graphics offer some insights into where these jobs are located and how much workers are paid in those parts of the country.
Large animal feeding operations on the rise
Several states see shifts in animal production since 2011
The number of new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have increased across the U.S. over the past six years - bringing the total operations just under 20,000, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency. From 2011 to 2017, the United States saw more than 1,400 new large-scale concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) established. That’s up 7.6 percent. Here's a look at the issue in maps and charts.June 7, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/06/07/large-animal-feeding-operations-on-the-rise/
The largest federal farm payments were disproportionately paid to farm operations primarily made up of managers, or those who did not actively work on the farm, according to a new government watchdog report released in May.June 1, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/06/01/report-usda-payments-to-non-farmers-remain-high/