Help us keep digging!

Almost half of our budget comes from individual donors, i.e. people like you. And now we need you to dig a little deeper into your pockets so that we can continue to dig deeper into the food system.

How FERN works

When you support us, we want to be able to give something back in return. Donate at least $50 or $5/month and you can receive The Dirt, an annual print collection of our favorite stories. It’s a great way to stay on top of FERN’s essential work on food and agriculture.

We redoubled our efforts to find important, under-covered stories wherever they are.

Photo by Rafael de la Uz

“Trouble at sea,” by Miranda Weiss, published with bioGraphic Magazine. Pacific salmon are shrinking in size, and this who-dunnit piece explores the reasons why: hatchery salmon, from the booming aquaculture industry, routinely escape into the ocean, where they compete with wild salmon for a food supply already diminished by climate change.
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Photo by Mary Anne Andrei

“Police killing on the packing line,” by Ted Genoways, published with The New Republic. With meticulous reporting and great storytelling, Genoways describes the events that led to the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old Sudanese refugee at a pork processing plant in Oklahoma. He also situates the tragedy in the context of the plant’s history of labor violations, and the general neglect of worker safety in the meatpacking industry.
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Illustration by Zeke Peña

“Alone on the range” by Teresa Cotsirilos, published with High Country News. This is a major investigation of significant abuse of seasonal workers in the U.S. sheepherding industry. It provides yet more evidence that the H-2A visa program—the nation’s most important agricultural labor pipeline—is deeply broken. It also is the first piece we’ve translated into Spanish to host on our site.
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We want to keep investigating, explaining and exploring. But we can’t do it without you.

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You can also donate by check made out to FERN and sent to: Food & Environment Reporting Network
580 Fifth Ave., Ste. 820
New York, NY 10036
EIN: 27-4108978

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Please use the following information when transferring stock to Food and
Environment Reporting Network Inc.:
Firm Name: Raymond James & Assoc., Inc.
Account Name: Food and Environment Reporting Network Inc.
Account Number: 271JD104
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Contact: Nancy Farias
Toll Free: 866-566-8654 / Fax: 239-649-3611
Email: Nancy.Farias[at]


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