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    PNS Daily News - April 28, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the State of Emergency continues in Baltimore; questions about the Senate’s Toxic Substances bill and whether it modernizes or weakens protections; plus a look at how Spokane is handling moose on the loose.

Rural/Farming

Photo: Proposed legislation in the State Assembly would allow property owners to pursue damages against whistleblowers. Photo courtesy: HSUS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Humane Society of the United States recently submitted a commercial to select TV stations across the state, highlighting why it opposes so-called ag-gag legislation (SB 433/HB 405) to punish whistleblowers on factory farms. "Animal cruelty at Butterball and Pilgrim fact ...Read More

PHOTO: NRCS Earth Team volunteer Shawn McKay (front) talks with a rancher in Union County about options to redevelop a livestock watering system and help protect a stream that provides important salmon habitat. Photo courtesy National Resources Conservation Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. - On this Earth Day, farms and ranches across Oregon are getting land and wildlife conservation ideas and assistance from a group known as the Earth Team. It's the Natural Resources Conservation Service volunteer organization, made up of 15 people in Oregon who put in about 1,200 hou ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis ...Read More

PHOTO: A number of environmental groups are questioning a yes vote by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a nonbinding budget resolution that could limit the EPA's definition of which U.S. waters should come under protections. Photo credit: Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward with plans to clarify the Clean Water Act to safeguard more waterways in Minnesota and across the nation, environmental groups are urging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to get onboard. Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minn ...Read More

PHOTO: With a majority of farmland in Iowa now being farmed by someone who doesn't own the land, efforts are under way to better connect the farmer tenants and landowners on conservation practices that can help with water quality and soil health. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

WATERLOO, Iowa – As Iowa continues to look for ways to improve water quality and reduce erosion with some 30 million acres of farmland in the state, one growing challenge is the number of absentee landowners. Clark Porter, who manages Porter Family Farms in Waterloo, says more than half of fa ...Read More

PHOTO: The battle over how best to negotiate foreign trade agreements is expected to soon heat up in Washington, D.C., as the Obama administration pushes for fast-track authority on deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Photo credit: greensefa/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A growing coalition of American food and farm groups is calling for rejection of a plan to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority on foreign-trade agreements. The proposal, which may be introduced as early as next week, would allow the administration to negotiate tr ...Read More

PHOTO: The Belridge oil field near Taft in Kern County is nearly the size of a major city, and produces an extraordinary volume of wastewater every day, which some water-strapped Central Valley farmers are purchasing to water their crops. Photo credit: Peg Mitchell/San Diego 350.org.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered the first-ever mandatory water restrictions in state history. The State Water Resources Control Board is imposing an immediate 25 percent reduction in water use among the 400 local water agencies around the state. But Patrick Sulli ...Read More

Photo: The North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation is hosting informational sessions this year to help airports across North Carolina protect wildlife and passengers. Photo credit: Matthew Hull/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Negotiating air traffic and unpredictable weather are just two of the concerns North Carolina airports face on a daily basis. Wildlife are also a concern, and according to the FAA, there were 225 wildlife strikes with planes in North Carolina in 2014. Bobby Walston, division of avia ...Read More

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