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    PNS Daily News - January 29, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the Supreme Court temporarily blocks three Oklahoma executions; the EPA is in the news on new smog pollution standards and concerns over factory farm pollution—plus preventing ski and snow boarding deaths.

Rural/Farming

PHOTO: Taxpayer-funded farm animal abuse is at the center of public outrage, and an investigation regarding what has been happening at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska. Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary.

LOS ANGELES - An undercover investigation by a New York Times reporter at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska has sparked outrage from animal welfare groups and the public, with thousands now calling on Congress to shut the research program down. Bruce Friedrich, director of advocacy and policy ...Read More

PHOTO: The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will be updating its policies regarding industry requests not to disclose hydraulic fracturing chemicals in the name of "trade secrets." Photo courtesy of EPA.

CASPER, Wyo. - A recent lawsuit settlement should make gray areas related to public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing more transparent in Wyoming. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will adopt new policies to review industry requests to keep fracking chemicals secret ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast-food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – The company known for its Golden Arches is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than 1 ...Read More

PHOTO: McDonald's is being urged to stop using meat that's been raised with antibiotics, with a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new campaign has been launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop purchasing meat that's been raised with antibiotics. Pamela Clough, campaign coordinator of the Stop Antibiotics Overuse Campaign with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, says there ...Read More

PHOTO: With more than half of Iowa farmland owned by people age 65 and older, a major transfer to a new generation is under way, leading to difficult choices for many farm families. Photo credit: Jo Naylor/Flickr.

AMES, Iowa - The historic transition of farmland to a new generation - one of the most sweeping changes ever for the state's rural landscape - is the focus as Practical Farmers of Iowa gather for their annual conference. To help prevent the loss of family farms and keep rural communities strong, sa ...Read More

Photo: A new program from USDA could help more people get into farming. Photo by GDNS.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $18 million to help educate and develop the next generation of farmers. The funding is in the 2014 farm bill under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for Agriculture and Conservation P ...Read More

PHOTO: A so-called ag-gag law that's being challenged in Idaho and Utah has been introduced as legislation in Washington. It prohibits people from audio or video taping in agricultural production facilities without the owner's written permission.  Photo credit: derausdo/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There's keen interest among farm workers groups and animal rights advocates in Washington in a so-called ag-gag bill introduced in the Legislature. House Bill 1104 gets its first hearing Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the House Public Safety Committee. It is almost identical to leg ...Read More

PHOTO: Seven California counties depend heavily on Colorado River water, and a new study by Arizona State University quantifies just how much their economies would suffer if less water is available. Photo of Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it. Researchers at Arizona State University found ...Read More

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