New outlet to cover food, environment outlet opens with story on N.M. dairy regulation

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Under Editor-in-Chief Sam Fromartz, The Food and Environmental Reporting Network has published its first story, a look at pollution and the New Mexico dairy industry which ran in the High Country News.picture-3

In the story, the first of several collaborations set to publish in the near future, reporter Stephanie Page Ogburn profiles a New Mexico activist whose efforts have influenced how the state regulates manure runoff and dairy water regulation.

FERN’s mission statement is “To produce investigative journalism on the subjects of food, agriculture and environmental health in partnership with local and national media outlets.”

According to the press release, the new network is “A registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in New York, the Food and Environment Reporting Network was founded in October 2009 and began operations in January 2011. It is funded by the generous support of the The 11th Hour Project, McKnight Foundation, Clarence Heller Foundation, Columbia Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.”

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