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    PNS Daily News - July 28, 20150 


    A wide range of issues on today’s nationwide rundown including; the Boy Scouts of America open the door to gay adult leaders; we’ll tell you how Colorado schools are improving air quality for kids; and an update on Milwaukee’s mysterious lion case.

Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: With the average age of a Minnesota farmer continuing to grow, so is the number of people getting a fresh start in the agriculture industry as the demand for local foods increases. Nearly one-in-five farms in Minnesota is now operated by a beginning farmer, meaning a decade or less under their belts. Photo credit: Xavier Arnau.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a growing number of Minnesotans seeking fresh and locally produced foods, the landscape of the state's agriculture industry is also changing with a bounty of new faces. The most recent Census of Agriculture shows that 17 percent of all principal operators in Minnesota ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday is Colorado River Day in honor of the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West's economy and a critical source of drinking water for millions. The state's farmers and ranchers are hopeful Colorado's Water Plan will protect the river, and have already invested heavily in water-conservation efforts. Photo credit: Donna Boley/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Saturday is Colorado River Day, marking the date in 1921 when the river was officially renamed from the Grand River to the Colorado. The future of the river is uncertain because of water shortages and increasing demand, and it features prominently in an emerging Colorado water plan. Steve ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon cattle ranchers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to prove that cows can coexist with sage-grouse and other high-desert wildlife. Photo courtesy Oregon State University Extension Service.

ADEL, Ore. - Ranchers from across the West met this week to talk about what they're doing to preserve sagebrush country on public and private land - not only for the threatened sage-grouse but for the overall health of the range and other animals and plants that call it home. The Natural Resources ...Read More

PHOTO: It will be a while before corn and beans come out of the ground, but Iowa's growing summer harvest of small grains is now underway. After a decades-long decline in the state, barley, oats, rye and wheat are reemerging as important cover crops. Photo courtesy Practical Farmers of Iowa.

JEFFERSON, Iowa – The summer harvest of small grains, many used as cover crops, is once again becoming a common sight across Iowa this time of year. Iowa had nearly five million acres of small grains during the 1950s, and while that number has dropped over the decades, there has been a resurg ...Read More

PHOTO: Sustainable farming groups say lessons from organic farming can help solve Ohio’s toxic and unsightly algae problems and improve water quality. Photo courtesy NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Algal blooms in Lake Erie are predicted to be among the worst in recorded history this summer. And organic farmers say taking a page from their playbook can help state leaders working to address the recurring problem, and other water quality issues. Organic farms are prohi ...Read More

PHOTO: The new Indiana Grown initiative highlights food that comes from Indiana farms in order to connect local consumers and businesses to local producers. Photo credit: Natalie Maynor/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Whether its chicken and pork or corn and strawberries, the list of foods produced in Indiana is extensive. And the new Indiana Grown initiative is making locally grown foods more readily available to local consumers. Program manager David King says with more than 60,000 farms ...Read More

PHOTO: Plans are well under way for a sustainable farm and ranch operation to be run by veterans. The nonprofit Central Oregon Veterans Ranch purchased the land near Bend in 2013. Photo credit: Howard Gorman.

BEND, Ore. – Veterans and community members in the Bend area are meeting this week to make plans for a sustainable farming operation as part of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. Since 2013, the nonprofit group has worked to create a combination farm and ranch on land purchased outside of Be ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal court decision this week has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania waterways and tributaries of Chesapeake Bay, particularly by reducing polluted runoff from farms. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi ...Read More

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