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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Rural/Farming

PHOTO: As part of the EPA's 'Local Foods, Local Places' initiative, Rutherford County was able to relocate its farmers' market to the Florence Mill property in Forest City. Photo courtesy of NC Extension Service

ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. — Christmas came early this month for the community of Rocky Mount. It will receive assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a new farmers' market and develop urban community gardens at former brownfield sites. It's part of the agency's Local F ...Read More

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r ...Read More

PHOTO: Have some greens with that! Ohio's largest sustainable agriculture conference is expected to draw nearly 1200 people, for its lineup of expert advice about farming, growing, cooking and other ag-related topics. Photo credit: George Remington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil, ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado may have to return the $30 million collected so far from the tax on recreational marijuana because of the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR law. Photo credit: Meghan Barkley/Flickr.

DENVER - At least $30 million has been generated so far by Colorado's special tax on the sale of marijuana, but some "fine print" in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) law may force the state to refund the money marijuana sales have generated, instead of it going to schools. According to Propositi ...Read More

PHOTO: President Barack Obama is being pushed to keep a campaign promise he made in Iowa in 2007 to limit farm payments. To date, it remains unfulfilled. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the political focus of the country slowly begins to shift toward the presidential election of 2016, some in Iowa are calling on President Barack Obama to keep a promise he made when first campaigning in the state seven years ago. At the time, Obama's platform included a ...Read More

PHOTO: Small towns and communities in Montana have an economic stake in what happens to the Greater sage-grouse, according to Montana State Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point). Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

WOLF POINT, Mont. - There's cash in Montana's sagebrush that is quite lucrative for rural communities. Bureau of Land Management sagebrush landscapes in Montana and other Western states were connected to more than $1 billion in recreation and tourism spending last year, according to an economic rep ...Read More

Photo: Farmer Craig Watts and Leah Garces with the group Compassion in World Farming survey Watts' chickens he raises as a contractor for Perdue Farms. Photo courtesy: Compassion in World Farming

FAIRMONT, N.C. – It's a real life case of David versus Goliath. A North Carolina chicken farmer is speaking out against the practices of one of the country's largest poultry producers – Perdue Farms. Earlier this month, farmer Craig Watts of Fairmont released a video, shot with the h ...Read More

PHOTO: Heart disease and stroke are on the top-five list for causes of death in Oregon, and the Oregon Stroke Care Committee wants to ensure that, no matter where a stroke occurs, the nearest hospital is fully prepared. Photo credit: werg/FeaturePics.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a big year for Oregon's efforts to improve care for stroke victims. A state task force was formed and just had its fifth meeting since June. It's working on collecting data from around the state to determine how prepared each hospital is to handle stroke emergencies - ...Read More

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