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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 


    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

Sustainable Agriculture

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: 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 Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows SNAP recipients to double their benefits at participating famers markets, will soon expand to more locations around the state. Photo credit: Xavier Gallardo/Morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A program that allows low-income Michigan families to stretch their food assistance dollars will soon be able to help even more households bring home fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a major grant. Utilizing the Double Up Food Bucks program, Michiganders who receive Supplem ...Read More

PHOTO: While several groups are working to legalize marijuana in one way or another in Ohio, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds most Ohio voters favor legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and more than half support legalization for recreational use. Photo credit: Petr Broz/Wikimedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new poll finds strong support for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio, and efforts are intensifying in the Buckeye State to make it a reality. Responsible Ohio is gathering signatures for a 2015 ballot amendment to allow the purchase of both recreationa ...Read More

PHOTO: Sustainable farmers rely on the integrity of the land, soil and water, and many say hydraulic fracturing is compromising the growing local food movement in Ohio. Photo credit: David Foster/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sustainably produced foods are becoming more popular among consumers, but some Ohioans say the state's fracking boom is stifling the growth of the local food movement. According to the EPA, dozens of chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing, which some growers say puts air, water ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida's conservation community says state lawmakers are ignoring a deadline to purchase land owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation to be used for a new reservoir to keep polluted water from reaching the Everglades. Photo credit: Elle Randi/Morguefile.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010. Progress Florida is ...Read More

PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require farms to have 50 feet of perennial vegetation around ...Read More

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