Juanpablo Ramirez-FrancoReporter, WNIJ
I cover issues related to wildlife, conservation and ecology for Harvest Public Media and the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk from WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. I’m a Report For America corps member.
Before landing at WNIJ, I worked with StoryCorps, City Bureau, the Third Coast International Audio Festival and In These Times magazine. I’ve produced national stories for All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
I grew up in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Knox College, where I studied Latin American History and Economics.
If you have story ideas for me or just want to chat, feel free to reach out via email email@example.com or follow me on Twitter @__juanpab
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released new rules regarding the Waters of the United States that decide which bodies of water fall under federal protection. But a case the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on soon throws those rules into question and could mean less protection for wetlands.
Many ag industry and farm worker advocacy groups had high hopes that farm labor reform would make it through Congress last year. Now the future is murky.
The Census of Agriculture produces the clearest snapshot of agriculture in the U.S. as it exists. The USDA will begin mailing questionnaires to all known agricultural producers this month.
Bobcat hunting and trapping is commonplace throughout much of the United States, with the exception of a handful of holdout states. Despite the abundance of the wildcat nationwide, some conservationists are pushing back on the open season.
An Indigenous-led effort is returning buffalo to tribal lands across the Midwest. Some of the animals come from The Nature Conservancy’s buffalo herds.
Efforts focus on keeping invasive fish out of the Great Lakes, but what about the Mississippi River?Federal and state agencies spend millions of dollars every year to keep destructive invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, at least 25 destructive species — like water fleas and bloody red shrimp — are inching closer to the Mississippi River Basin.