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Corporate money keeps university ag schools ‘relevant,’ and makes them targets of donor criticism

Large donors can put universities in potentially awkward positions when faculty conclusions conflict with the interests of those benefactors. Data collected by Harvest Public Media and Investigate Midwest shows corporations have given at least $170 million to ag colleges in the past decade.

November 15, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/11/15/corporate-money-keeps-university-ag-schools-relevant-and-makes-them-targets-of-donor-criticism/

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Our November 11, 2020 story by Sky Chadde, Investigate Midwest with Rachel Axon, Kyle Bagenstose and Kevin Crowe, USA TODAY, won first place in the News category of the 2021 North American Agricultural Journalists Writing Contest and Outstanding Occupational Safety and Health News Story of the Year Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

June 14, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/our-awards/

Rush to attract wind turbine investors leaves Kansas school districts shortchanged

The exemption leaves untaxed for life nearly $630 million in Kansas wind farm equipment, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue. If it were on the tax rolls, that equipment would generate around $82 million a year in additional revenue for the 24 rural counties with wind farms.

December 4, 2017 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2017/12/04/rush-to-attract-wind-turbine-investors-leaves-kansas-school-districts-shortchanged/