‘Women in the industry have to work that much harder’

The male-dominated industry of American agriculture has challenged women both on the field and in the industry. They have had their knowledge doubted, been passed over for promotions and have been told starting a family would complicate their success.

A Texas community chokes on fecal dust from cattle feedlots … And regulators aren’t doing anything about it.

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Lawrence Brorman eases his pickup through plowed farmland in Deaf Smith County, an impossibly flat stretch of the Texas Panhandle where cattle outnumber people 40 to 1. The 67-year-old farmer and rancher brings the vehicle to a stop at the field’s southern edge.

Announcing our first-ever audience engagement fellow, Anna Casey

Illinois Humanities and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting jointly announced today that Anna Casey has been named their first-ever Audience Engagement Fellow. During the 12-month term of her Fellowship, Casey will work full-time with the Center, a Champaign-based nonprofit investigative newsroom focused on agriculture and agribusiness, to build dialogue with the community members and involve them more deeply in the reporting process.