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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 


    Public News Service Daily News Update: A Kentucky Court Clerk defies the U.S. Supreme Court and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

Sustainable Agriculture

Eating fresh is one of the many ways to healthier communities in Kentucky. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - There's a message being sent to civic leaders across Kentucky that a healthy community is about much more than hospitals and clinics. Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says it's also about where you work, education, transportation and fo ...Read More

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge ...Read More

Indiana corn growers are taking a hit this year after rains dampened the planting season. Credit: butkovicdub/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The sun is not shining on Indiana's corn growers this summer. This week, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour estimated corn yields across six regions of the state at 142 bushels per acre, which is below Indiana's three-year average. And a U.S. Department of Agriculture report this mont ...Read More

Whitesburg first in Kentucky. to pass a resolution supporting the Power Plus Plan. Credit: Art of the Rural.

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Support for the Obama administration's plan to revitalize Appalachian communities suffering from the loss of coal mining jobs is picking up steam in Kentucky. The city councils in Whitesburg and Benham have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Power Plus Plan, and ...Read More

As people increasingly pay attention to where their food is coming from and how it's grown, organic farming operations such as Three Brothers Farm near Oconomowoc are holding and supporting farm-to-table events to give people the experience of eating fresh organic produce. Credit: Three Brothers Farm

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - The farm-to-table approach is gaining momentum in Wisconsin, with the advent of Community Supported Agriculture and a growing concern among consumers about where their food is coming from. An ever-increasing number of people are beginning to care a great deal about where their fo ...Read More

More than 200 districts in the state take part in Farm to School programs. Credit: Steve Debenport.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School children across Minnesota will be returning to class in just a few weeks, and once again this year they'll find more local foods when going through the lunch line. Erin McKee VanSlooten, a senior program associate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says ev ...Read More

PHOTO: Farmers markets are reporting a spike in sales because of a program that doubles the value of SNAP benefits at farmers markets around the state. Photo courtesy of the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico farmers markets are reporting success with a program that provides extra food to residents receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. With this week marking National Farmers Market Week across the na ...Read More

PHOTO: This is National Farmers Market Week. The USDA estimates farmers markets that have been open at least two years have seen a 64 percent increase in customer traffic. Photo courtesy of Shirley's Farmers Markets.

RENO, Nev. - Americans increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it was grown, which may account for the booming popularity of farmers markets in Nevada and around the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the first week of August as "National Farmers Market Week ...Read More

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