Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting file photo

August 28, 2018

Soybean Farmers Win Big In $12 Billion Federal Aid Package

The details of the federal government’s $12 billion aid package for farmers affected by trade disputes are out — and soybean farmers are the major beneficiaries.


A machine piles pine logs for processing at the Montrose Forest Products sawmill. In 2012, this Colorado log yard was nearly empty.

Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media

August 24, 2018

U.S. Lumber Benefiting From A Trade Dispute That Trump Didn’t Start

Back in 2012, one of the major employers in Montrose, Colorado, a sawmill, was in receivership and on the brink of collapse. At the time, local media reported that the cost of logging timber had become prohibitively expensive, and the log yard was nearly empty.  


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World Trade Organization

August 19, 2018

Trade Disputes Explode Under Trump Tariff War

As President Donald Trump continues to wage a multi-front trade war with some of the U.S.’ biggest economic partners, farmers have borne some of the heaviest financial burden.


cornfield

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August 18, 2018

Q&A: Here’s What One Expert In The $290 Million Case Against Monsanto Had To Say About The Trial

On August 10, a San Francisco court ordered the agribusiness company Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million in damages to a California man who alleges his cancer was caused by Roundup, the company’s most widely used herbicide. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting reached out to Charles Benbrook, one expert for the plaintiff, to learn more about the trial and what it could mean for the future of glyphosate. 


The intestinal parasite cyclospora gets into produce through contact with manure-contaminated water.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

August 07, 2018

Food Recalls Abound This Summer, But Experts Say That’s A Good Thing

From E. coli in romaine lettuce to potential salmonella on Goldfish crackers to a parasite in salads and wraps, food recalls are in the spotlight this year. But things may not be as bad as they sound, according to Lana Nwadike, a food safety specialist with Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. 


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