After a farmworker in rural Texas died of complications from Covid-19, his family and federal investigators want answers

Editor’s note: Some names in this story have been changed to protect farmworkers from potential reprisal. On June 30, Marco Antonio Galvan Gomez left his home in Guanajuato, Mexico on a 1,200-mile journey to a sprawling potato farm in the Texas Panhandle. The breadwinner for his family, Galvan, always easygoing and athletic, was undaunted by… » Read More

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A Texas community chokes on fecal dust from cattle feedlots

Lawrence Brorman eases his pickup through plowed farmland in Deaf Smith County, an impossibly flat stretch of the Texas Panhandle where cattle outnumber people 40 to 1. The 67-year-old farmer and rancher brings the vehicle to a stop at the field’s southern edge. Just across the fence line, Brorman eyes a mess of cattle standing sentinel upon… » Read More

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