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Johnathan Hettinger

Johnathan Hettinger

Johnathan Hettinger is an enterprise reporter for Investigate Midwest, focusing on climate change in Illinois.

Citing concerns about China, states mull limits on foreign ownership of farmland

By: - November 11, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest.  Amid growing concern about Chinese investment in U.S. agriculture, there has been a renewed push to limit and more closely monitor foreign ownership of farmland across the country. At least eight states considered implementing a new limit on foreign control of agricultural land, and one, Indiana, passed […]

EPA to ban flea and tick collars linked to brain damage in children

By: - October 17, 2022

This story originally appeared in Investigate Midwest.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will ban the sale of flea and tick collars containing a chemical linked to neurological damage in children, the agency announced last week. The collars, which contain the chemical tetrachlorvinphos, make up more than half of flea and tick collars sold in the U.S., according […]

EPA watchdog launches probe into incidents linked to popular Seresto pet collar

By: - May 23, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is reviewing the agency’s handling of the tens of thousands of reported incidents of harm linked to the Seresto flea-and-tick collar, the agency announced last week. The EPA Office of Inspector General said it plans to determine whether the agency’s response […]

Foreign investment in U.S. cropland nearly tripled in past decade, USDA data shows

By: - April 19, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. Foreign investment in U.S. cropland has nearly tripled in the past decade, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The total cropland controlled by foreign interests in 2020 was 10.9 million acres, up from 4.1 million acres in 2010. This increase has been largely driven by foreign-owned […]