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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 

    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: Farm to school programs in Illinois and around the country are bringing fresh, locally grown food to children while putting more money in the pockets of farmers. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

CHICAGO – School cafeterias around Illinois are using more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, while teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating. The Chicago Public Schools system is among a number of districts in the state incorporating food from school gardens and local farms ...Read More

PHOTO: University of Florida research has found the state's rare frosted elfin butterfly population is threatened by controlled burns if those fires are not managed properly and holistically. Photo credit: Matt Thom, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Controlled burns could wipe out rare north Florida butterflies if they're not done with insect habitat in mind, according to a recent University of Florida study. The research found certain butterflies need fire because they feed on plants that only survive when flames wee ...Read More

PHOTO: With warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight, summer is prime time for the spread of blue-green algae that can threaten the health of Indiana's lakes and reservoirs. Photo credit: Willem van Aken, CSIRO/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – With summer getting underway, experts say blue-green algae fueled by nutrient pollution are certain to return to lakes and streams in Indiana. Kim Ferraro, water and agriculture policy director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, says while some forms of algae are good for ...Read More

PHOTO: Because of pollutants including cattle runoff, Pennsylvania is falling far behind where it committed to be in cleaning up Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Photo by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is falling far short of its commitments to clean up local rivers and streams. That affects the quality of life for all of the Commonwealth's residents, and conservation groups say it has to change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state's progress ...Read More

PHOTO: As the state continues to deal with the widespread outbreak of avian influenza, an expert on the issue will be speaking in Minnesota on Thursday. Robert Wallace will outline the problems with the production model of the commercial poultry industry and detail strategies for reducing the future risk. Photo credit: Cyndy Sims Parr/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in Minnesota and a dozen other states was a surprise to many, but one expert says it was destined to happen. The production model in the commercial poultry industry is a prime target for t ...Read More

Photo: June is Dairy Month, and the University of Wisconsin Extension has teamed up with the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, Organic Valley, based in La Farge, Wis., in a project to make pastures as productive, nutritious and sustainable as possible. Photo credit: UW Extension

MADISON, Wis. – Pastures are critical in America's Dairyland, and not all of them are created equal. Some are much higher quality than others. Wisconsin ranks first in the nation in the number of organic dairy farms, so the University of Wisconsin-Extension teamed up with the nation's larges ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Jackson County's Ordinance 635 is legal. It gives farmers of crops from genetically-modfied seeds one more harvest in the county, and then prohibits GMO crops from being planted. Photo credit: Mitesh Take/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Jackson County ordinance prohibiting farming genetically-engineered crops in the county goes into effect as scheduled this Friday, June 5, after a court challenge to stop it has failed. Two farms took their case to U.S. District Court late last year, saying they plant geneti ...Read More

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

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