Center for Investigative Reporting

  • Rising temperatures signal drastic change for the state's cherry farmers.
    Rising temperatures signal drastic change for the state's cherry farmers.
  • Encroaching saltwater from rising seas mean farmers are having to cope with salt in their groundwater.
    Encroaching saltwater from rising seas mean farmers are having to cope with salt in their groundwater.
  • These containers filled with alfalfa, one of California's most water-intensive crops, are headed to a water-starved China.
    These containers filled with alfalfa, one of California's most water-intensive crops, are headed to a water-starved China.
  • California's large industrial dairy farms are taking a toll on air and water quality and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
    California's large industrial dairy farms are taking a toll on air and water quality and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • California dairy manure accounts for more than 200,000 tons of polluting nitrogen each year.
    California dairy manure accounts for more than 200,000 tons of polluting nitrogen each year.
  • Grant:
    Multimedia Journalism on Impacts of Climate Change on California Agriculture
    Program:
    Ecological Agriculture
    Location:
    California

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) will carry out and produce in-depth, original journalism on the impacts of climate change on California agriculture.

While the agriculture and insurance industries are well aware of these potential impacts, the general public is not. Grounded in compelling, in-depth research, CIR’s multiplatform journalism on this topic included: “Heat and Harvest,” a 30-minute documentary special for KQED television that earned a national excellence in journalism award from The Society of Professional Journalists, an original two-part newspaper series that appeared on the front pages of several Central Valley and other California newspapers, an animated video, “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers,” that revealed the many hidden costs of beef production and the significant impact of the beef industry on our health and environment, fifteen original radio stories that aired on PRI’s The World, which broadcasts on over 300 stations across North America, a radio segment co-produced by CIR and KQED for “The California Report” that examined the practice of so-called “water banking” in the San Joaquin Valley, and a video report, “California's Global Dairy Industry,” that appeared on the PBS NewsHour.