Successful Farming: The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has found that six months after the U.S. Department of Agriculture promised to buy $1.2 billion worth of food from American pork, beef, and produce farmers, many producers are still waiting for signs of relief. Since Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the program on Aug. 27, the agency has ordered just 11 percent of the food it promised to buy from U.S. farmers, an analysis by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.