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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: A citizen picks up a sign in opposition to hydraulic fracking in Kentucky as she leaves an informational meeting about the technology. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - Fears of fracking have reached the foothills of central and eastern Kentucky, prompting concerned citizens to quickly organize. Landowners in Madison, Rockcastle and Jackson counties say "land men" from energy companies have been hounding them to sign leases for their property's mineral ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy calls for changes in farming practices to end the over-reliance on chemical solutions that can speed up fungicide resistance. Photo credit: Dwayne Madden/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study points to the growing threat of fungicide resistance to agriculture and public health, and calls for fundamental changes in how food is grown and traded. The report is from the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Dale Wiehoff, the insti ...Read More

PHOTO: Ann Grier of Gaining Ground Farm farms land protected by agricultural conservation easement through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Photo courtesy of SAHC.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As the interest in locally-produced foods grows, an increasing number of young people are looking to make a living farming the land. Allison Kiehl, farmland stewardship and sustainability director with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, says there is a great need in ...Read More

PHOTO: With more than half of Iowa farmland owned by people age 65 and older, a major transfer to a new generation is under way, leading to difficult choices for many farm families. Photo credit: Jo Naylor/Flickr.

AMES, Iowa - The historic transition of farmland to a new generation - one of the most sweeping changes ever for the state's rural landscape - is the focus as Practical Farmers of Iowa gather for their annual conference. To help prevent the loss of family farms and keep rural communities strong, sa ...Read More

PHOTO:Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety, Doug Gurian-Sherman, will speak in Ohio about possible ways to building a successful, sustainable agriculture system. Photo courtesy of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While the nation's agriculture industry is productive, a leading scientist and biotechnology expert says it's not sustainable. Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman says the industrial model of farming, focusin ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030 ...Read More

PHOTO: The window for comments on proposed changes to Wisconsin farmland conservation practices is closing soon, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and other Wisconsin agriculture organizations are encouraging farmers to make their voices heard. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Extension.

EAST TROY, Wis. - For years, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) and other Wisconsin agriculture groups to create partnerships and educational resources for farmers. New rules have been proposed for the NRCS Conserva ...Read More

PHOTO: The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund approved by Iowa voters in 2010 remains unfunded but that could soon change with 2015 session, underway today (Monday). Photo credit: Tony Fischer/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The gavel comes down today to open the 2015 Iowa Legislature, and among the proposals to be considered is a move to raise taxes for the environment and recreation. In 2010, Iowa voters approved a constitutional amendment for a future sales tax increase to go to a Natural R ...Read More

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