ROLLETTE, ND - Driving through Rollette County, North Dakota in mid-January, there are places the corn can be seen popping out of snow drifts piling up on the edges of the field.January 30, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/01/30/half-of-north-dakotas-corn-is-still-in-the-field-usda-calls-it-on-farm-storage/
In Washington D.C. Friday, President Trump announced that China and the U.S. had reached a tentative trade agreement.October 15, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/10/15/soybean-promoters-shop-for-new-markets-as-talks-with-china-continue/
Crop insurance and other farm support programs are set to receive big cuts in President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget.February 20, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/02/20/crop-insurance-farm-safety-programs-get-big-cuts-under-trumps-budget/
After suing feds for contempt, Kraft Foods attempts second settlement in wheat market manipulation case
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. have reached a tentative second out-of-court agreement in an ongoing saga that stemmed from the food company’s alleged wheat futures market manipulation nearly a decade ago.February 17, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/02/17/after-suing-feds-for-contempt-kraft-foods-attempts-second-settlement-in-wheat-market-manipulation-case/
With Marfrig Global Foods' purchase of National Beef Packing Company, two of the four largest U.S. beef processors will be owned by Brazilian companies, which has some cattle ranchers worried.December 18, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/12/18/more-foreign-ownership-of-u-s-beef-processors-raises-food-safety-concerns/
New legislation could make it easier for farmers to hire immigrant labor. If passed, it would be the first immigration legislation to do so since the 1980s. But some say it doesn't go far enough, while others claim it's too lenient on immigrants already working in the country.December 9, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/12/09/farm-immigration-reform-aims-to-aid-struggling-midwest-dairies/
Each month, the United States Department of Agriculture releases a series of reports that analysts, grain traders, investors and farmers use to make decisions or buy and sell commodities.
But on Friday, November 8, two of those USDA reports - World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) and the Crop Production report – were delayed by at least 10 minutes.November 19, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/11/19/a-10-minute-delay-of-key-usda-reports-gave-some-people-an-advantage-heres-why/
Critics of new proposed rules regulating how oil and gas refineries blend biofuels say the federal administration’s generous exemptions to large refineries have contributed to the shuttering of at least 10 ethanol plants since 2017.October 22, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/10/22/epas-second-attempt-to-fix-renewable-fuel-standard-loophole-draws-criticism/
Agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. But it can also be a part of the solution.
The global food production system, which includes agriculture, accounts for more than a third of manmade greenhouse gases, according to an August report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
And while past focus has been on industries such as fossil fuels and transportation, new attention is being put on agricultures role in the climate change solution. On September 18, a coalition representing 10,000 farmers and ranchers delivered a letter to congress supporting the Green New Deal, a congressional resolution to transition the United States to 100 percent clean energy by 2030.Farming, more than any other industry, might be the best hope for curbing climate change. September 27, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/09/27/agriculture-is-one-of-the-biggest-contributors-to-climate-change-but-it-can-also-be-a-part-of-the-solution/
Kraft, Mondelez agreed to pay $16 million for allegedly manipulating the wheat market. Now, they’re complaining the feds talked about it.
Two of the biggest food companies in the U.S. were fined a $16 million penalty for allegedly manipulating the wheat market for its own gain as part of a settlement agreement reached in August. When the federal agency posted a news release about it, the two food companies complained the agency broke its part of the agreement.September 4, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/09/04/kraft-mondelez-agreed-to-pay-16-million-for-allegedly-manipulating-the-wheat-market-now-theyre-complaining-the-feds-talked-about-it/