By Derek Kravitz, Brown Institute for Media Innovation; Georgia Gee, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia Journalism School; Madison McVan, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; and Ignacio Calderon, USA TODAY Network Agriculture Data Fellow

On May 1, after testing found at least 123 COVID-19 cases out of 900 workers at the Rochelle Foods plant in northern Illinois, Kyle Auman, the Ogle County Health Department director, was summoned to a conference call.

On the emailed invite: six Trump administration political appointees at the U.S. Department…

By Dave Dickey, Commentator, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

OK…it’s once again time for your audacious commentator to give his hot takes on the agriculture stories that will make news in 2021. This year I’ve enlisted the help of Homer Simpson who truly knows something about predicting agricultural events before…

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, online newsroom offering investigative and enterprise coverage of agribusiness and Big Ag.

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