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Business, education, healthcare top of mind as rural broadband expansion inches forward

When nearly 300 Americans submitted comments this summer on the USDA's pilot plan to bring high speed broadband internet to rural America, they mentioned the great opportunities reliable internet connectivity could bring.

But they also voiced skepticism over the agency's proposed plans for the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year.

November 21, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/11/21/business-education-healthcare-top-of-mind-as-rural-broadband-expansion-inches-forward/

With your help, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting could receive up to $75,000
NewsMatch opens with more than $3 million in matching support for nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

The campaign doubles donations to 155 nonprofit newsrooms in nearly every state across the country, starting Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2018.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting will also receive an additional match.

November 16, 2018 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2018/11/16/newsmatch-launches-today-with-your-help-midwest-center-for-investigative-reporting-could-receive-up-to-75000/

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/