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America’s Dairyland

Risking Workers’ Lives for the Milk We Drink

Dairy farms are some of the most dangerous job sites in America. Much of the labor is done by immigrants working on small farms that operate with little safety oversight.

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The DOJ Is Working With a Wisconsin Sheriff to Improve How Deputies Communicate With People Who Don’t Speak English

A ProPublica investigation in Wisconsin’s Dane County revealed how a grammatical mistake in Spanish led sheriff’s deputies to wrongly blame a Nicaraguan dairy worker for his son’s death.

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Officials Approve $8 Million for Housing for Immigrant Dairy Workers in Wisconsin

Dane County lawmakers cited ProPublica reporting for the moves to improve the lives of dairy workers in southern Wisconsin.

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Officials Move to Address Problems Facing Immigrant Workers on Wisconsin Dairy Farms

A ProPublica investigation showed how language barriers contributed to authorities wrongly blaming a dairy farm worker for his son’s death. Lawmakers have responded.

What You Need to Know If You’re Hurt While Working on a Wisconsin Dairy Farm

“America’s Dairyland” Wins Peter Lisagor Award

How a Fire on a Dairy Farm Led Us to More Than a Year’s Worth of Stories About Immigrant Dairy Workers

Immigrant Dairy Workers Often Endure Substandard Housing Conditions. The Law Doesn’t Protect Them.

“America’s Dairyland” Named Finalist for Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics

When Immigrant Dairy Farm Workers Get Hurt, Most Can’t Rely on Workers’ Compensation

“Once You’re No Good to Them, They Get Rid of You”

OSHA Investigates Small Dairy Farms So Rarely That Many Worker Advocates Don’t Bother to Report Deaths and Injuries

Dairy Workers on Wisconsin’s Small Farms Are Dying. Many of Those Deaths Are Never Investigated.

Why Some Wisconsin Lawmakers and Local Officials Have Changed Their Minds About Letting Undocumented Immigrants Drive

Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry Relies on Undocumented Immigrants, but the State Won’t Let Them Legally Drive

Following the Death of an 8-Year-Old on a Wisconsin Dairy Farm, Officials Look to Bridge Law Enforcement Language Gap

How We Reached Workers While Reporting on Dairy Farm Conditions

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