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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 | https://investigatemidwest.org/about/

Disappearing farmland
Despite value, little protection exists for Midwest 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.

September 18, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/09/18/disappearing-farmland-despite-value-little-protection-exists-for-midwest-farmland/

Post merger, Bayer vague on lawsuit strategy, despite liability

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/

Trade disputes explode under Trump tariff war

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/

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/