BySky Chadde/For The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting & Missourian |
During an incident in Kennett, Missouri, in summer 2018, H-2A workers labored through high temperatures while denied breakfast and with little access to water. Their legal status was supposed to protect them.
ByCynthia Voelkl/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
“The egg business has undergone massive changes in the last 45 years. Once predominantly represented by such small family farms, it began to shift heavily toward industrialization and more vertically integrated systems, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AGMRC). Where once a flock of 400 laying hens was the norm, industrial flocks today can top 5 million hens.”
Spearheaded by big ag lobbyists and enabled by big-ag friendly state legislatures, numerous laws have made it illegal to use deception to secretly videotape treatment of animals at private livestock and meatpacking facilities.
GateHouse Media, LLC and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting are excited to embark on a new partnership through the creation of an agriculture data journalism fellowship funded by GateHouse.
In total, $7 billion will be sent out to U.S. farmers this summer. The sign up to receive payment starts on Monday July 29, 2019. The amount given to each individual farmer depends on acreage – it will range from $15 to $150.