The rural areas in the U.S. where immigrant workers that pick crops like cotton and melons find work often lack the social services and affordable housing vital to integrating new arrivals into a community.
A senior scientist at the U.S. Agriculture Department filed a whistleblower complaint Wednesday that adds fuel to the controversy swirling around a popular pesticide. Jonathan Lundgren, a senior entomologist based in South Dakota, claims he's faced retaliation because his findings question the effectiveness and environmental effects of a popular class of pesticides.
Nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields helps crops grow. But if there’s too much left over in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates. A big city lawsuit in Iowa over nitrates has grabbed headlines, but many small towns have the same problem.