Debbie Weingarten is a former farmer and a James Beard Award-nominated writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona.
A Mega-Dairy Is Transforming Arizona’s Aquifer and Farming Lifestyles
Co-published with High Country News. Minnesota’s Riverview Dairy has deep pockets and long straws.
‘There Are Ghosts in the Land’: How U.S. Mega-Dairies Are Killing off Small Farms
Co-published with The Guardian. A collapse in the number of dairy farmers in states such as Minnesota is destroying livelihoods and hollowing out rural life.
Trump’s Online SNAP Program Helps Amazon and Walmart, But Leaves Rural People Behind
Co-published with In These Times. The government’s online food assistance program doesn’t include independent grocers and ignores the gaps in rural infrastructure.
America’s Rural Radio Stations are Vanishing – And Taking the Country’s Soul With Them
Co-published with The Guardian. At a time when local newspapers are disappearing, the loss of a radio station leaves a community with another cultural and informational …
‘It’s Not Fair, Not Right’: How America Treats its Black Farmers
Co-published with The Guardian. Sugarcane farmers can’t survive without large crop loans. For the Provosts, who say they suffered decades of discrimination, this could be the …
I Wrote About Farmers’ Suicides – And the Reaction Has Been Overwhelming
Co-published with The Guardian. After the Guardian and EHRP published a piece about the record number of farmers who are killing themselves, there were hundreds of …
Why Are America’s Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?
Co-published with The Guardian. The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life …