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    PNS Daily News - March 3, 20150 


    Today’s news features stories from coast to coast including: the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obamacare subsidies; oil transport issues front and center in the west; and research points to one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict.

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: The Indiana Senate on Tuesday failed to advance a resolution that would have embedded a  so-called right to farm in the state Constitution. Opponents argued SJR 12 would have given agribusiness protection from regulations. Photo credit: jackske/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - It was presented as a right to farm, but opponents of Senate Joint Resolution 12 in Indiana say it would have created a constitutional right to pollute. Supporters of the measure, which was voted down 28-22 by the state Senate on Tuesday, said it would stop future laws that unnecessa ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The largest organic farming conference in the nation will take place later this week in La Crosse, WI. Thousands of attendees from more than 40 states will share knowledge and learn the latest techniques in organic and sustainable agriculture.  (Image credit: Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service)

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - Thousands of organic and sustainable farmers from across the nation will meet in La Crosse later this week for the annual MOSES Organic Conference, which in its 25-year-history has become the largest organic farming conference in the country. MOSES stands for Midwest Organic ...Read More

PHOTO: Those new to agriculture will learn about funding, land-management practices and new trends and markets at the Montana Farmers Union Young Producers Conference in Missoula. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - The next generation of farmers and ranchers, as well as those who want to get into agriculture, are gathering in Missoula today and through the weekend for the Montana Farmers Union's "Young Producers Conference." The biggest obstacle is funding, especially for land, said Justin L ...Read More

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

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