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Reporter’s Diary: For emergency Covid-19 runs, Trump admin suspends rule ensuring truckers can sleep

Under federal regulations, many drivers of large commercial trucks are supposed to take 10-hour breaks after 14 hours of work, which can include up to 11 hours of driving. But last week that requirement was waived for truckers delivering goods such as medical supplies, food and fuel.

March 25, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/03/25/coronavirus-reporters-diary-for-emergency-covid-19-runs-trump-admin-suspends-rule-ensuring-truckers-can-sleep/

Migrant farmworkers are often forced to live and work in unsanitary conditions. It could make them more susceptible to Covid-19.

A third of migrant farmworkers lived in crowded dwellings. That reality is just one reason why advocates and lawyers for these workers are concerned about their safety during the outbreak of Covid-19.

March 20, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/03/20/migrant-farmworkers-are-often-forced-to-live-and-work-in-unsanitary-conditions-it-could-make-them-more-susceptible-to-covid-19/

The largest single beneficiary of Trump’s tariff payments? An alternative farm lender.

The Trump Administration has paid farmers billions to offset losses from ongoing trade wars, but millions have also gone to an alternative farm lender.

Agrifund LLC, which does business as Ag Resource Management, or ARM, has received more trade mitigation money than anyone else, according to a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

December 26, 2019 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2019/12/26/the-largest-single-beneficiary-of-trumps-tariff-payments-an-alternative-farm-lender/