A senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a whistleblower complaint on Wednesday accusing the federal agency of suppressing research findings that could call into question the use of a popular pesticide class that is a revenue powerhouse for the agrichemical industry.

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As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the idea of creating a secrecy beat to try ensuring government remains transparent.

The panelists discuss whether public information officers help disseminate information or get in the way.