Amanda Pérez Pintado covers Illinois’ agriculture businesses and workers
for Investigate Midwest. She previously reported on trending topics and
local events in south Florida as an intern at the Spanish-language news
outlet El Nuevo Herald. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the
University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras campus and a master’s from New
York University. While there, this multimedia reporter covered immigrant
voters in the New Hampshire 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, the
pandemic and Puerto Rico for Pavement Pieces, an NYU news
site. Perez Pintado was editor-in-chief of the student-run publication
Latin America News Dispatch, which covers Latin America, the Caribbean
and Latinos in the U.S., and in her native Puerto Rico she has reported
for El Nuevo Día, the island’s main paper.

Rural America
Surging Wheat Prices and Fertilizer Shortages: How the War in Ukraine Could Impact U.S. Agriculture
Both Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of agricultural products. In a market that’s “incredibly global,” U.S. farmers will feel the effects of war and sanctions.
Rural America
“Strange Paradox:” Rural Towns Surrounded By Farmland Are Losing Food Access
In many rural areas, dollar stores are replacing grocery stores. An Illinois town responded by opening a community-owned market.