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    PNS Daily News - May 27, 20150 


    Today’s news features a variety of topics including: a federal court continues the holding pattern on immigration action; calls to demilitarize the U.S border; and the IRS says criminals tapped into the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers.

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: The 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series kicks off in June offering  people across Ohio the chance to experience life on the farm and learn new skills. Photo courtesy of Sunseed Farm.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A lot of work goes into the production of fruit, vegetables and other fresh food sold at markets and grocery stores, and this summer Ohioans can get an up close and personal look at the process. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is sponsoring 15 tours and nine ...Read More

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against ...Read More

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re ...Read More

PHOTO: With an increasing number of Iowans impacted by energy transmission projects, new research points to key strategies for landowners in cases that may involve eminent domain. Photo credit: Western Area Power/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the changing landscape of energy transmission in Iowa often comes the contentious use of eminent domain, but new research says the shortcomings can and must be addressed because a growing number of the population is being impacted. Johnathan Hladik, a senior policy advocate ...Read More

PHOTO: A proposal that would take away the ability of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Citizens' Board to call for further environmental review on certain projects remains alive as the 2015 session nears an end. Photo credit: Michael Hicks/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the end of the 2015 Legislature quickly approaching, lawmakers are being urged to reject a proposal that would take away some of the authority of the Citizens' Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The board has the final say on environmental review decisions relat ...Read More

PHOTO: The University of Tennessee Extension estimates Tennessee's bee population has declined by as much as 50 percent in recent years. Photo credit: Butkovicdub/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee honey bees are feeling the sting of a variety of environmental factors. According to estimates from the University of Tennessee Extension, bees have seen as much as 50 percent of their population decline in recent years. Professor John Skinner, an apiculturist at the U ...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: 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

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