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    PNS Daily News - March 26, 20150 


    Today’s coast-to-coast news highlights several stories including: a GOP budget approved in the House; Oil-by-Rail safety legislation introduced in Congress; and animal cruelty uncovered at a poultry farm that supplies one of the biggest food-service distributors in the U.S.

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: A new poll of Ohio voters finds 61 percent disapprove of genetically engineered food, and 87 percent want the foods labeled. Photo credit: Btkdayton/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While the scientific "jury" is still out on the safety of genetically engineered (GE) foods, a new poll indicates most Ohioans want to know when they are eating GE foods. The survey from the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association found 61 percent of those polled disapprove of GE ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of farms in Iowa continues its downward trend; the USDA reports another 500 were lost from 2013 to 2014, but the state has an enthusiastic crop of beginning farmers. Photo courtesy of Lucky George Farm.

DERBY, Iowa - The latest figures show the number of farms in Iowa continues to fall, but that isn't slowing down a new crop of beginning farmers looking to reverse the trend. About two years ago, Angela Johnson, co-owner of Lucky George Farm, and her husband quit their corporate jobs, cashed out a ...Read More

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

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