Growing Influence, part 3: The 2014 Farm Bill pumped billions in new money into the crop insurance program. During the bill's drafting process, many crop insurance industry groups spent a total of tens of millions of dollars to lobby the bill.
Growing Influence, part 2: Hundreds of outside groups and companies lobbied on issues related to the 2014 Farm Bill. But thanks to opaque lobbying disclosure laws, it’s nearly impossible to know how much power each group wields and what they were ultimately able to accomplish.
Growing Influence, part 1: A long list of at least 600 companies and outside groups spent millions of dollars lobbying on issues related to the Farm Bill, fighting for pieces of the nearly-trillion dollar legislation.
The invasive weed Palmer amaranth is spreading through the country, leaving Midwest farmers worried about their fields. But with herbicide-resistance a growing concern, farmers are having to explore new methods for weed control.
With local food hot on restaurant menus, many chefs are going beyond the grocery store and getting acquainted with where food is really produced - the farm. At one Chef Camp in Illinois, a dozen chefs got a first-hand look.
When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy. Nearly a century-old, the canal today remains an important connector of global trade, from the U.S. heartland to Asia.