Agribusiness workshop concludes

More than two dozens journalists from throughout the U.S. gathered in Champaign, IL for an intense three-day workshop on covering big agribusiness companies.
Review sessions, resources and tip sheets here.

Slaughterhouses across the country: A collaborative map

The meat industry has once been concentrated in cities like Chicago and Kansas City. But it had left for small towns in rural areas, which were now struggling to provide the necessary social services to the immigrants who followed. How could we begin to show those demographic changes? And what could we do about the fact that there was no readily available list of the biggest slaughterhouses? This interactive map starts to answer those questions.

Climate change threatens crop insurance costs; Farmers struggle with GMO seeds

In 2011, Eric Herm's cantaloupes exploded. A fourth-generation cotton farmer in West Texas, Herm was experimenting with a home garden to help feed his family during the onset of a drought in the area. Blistering heat, including 100 degree days as early as May, was wilting Herm's cotton—and in the end, it turned his melons into pressure cookers.