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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Sustainable Agriculture

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year ...Read More

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro ...Read More

A new national survey shows Wisconsin has the second largest number of organic farms in the country and ranks fifth in the nation in total organic sales of more than 200 million dollars. Credit: UW Extension

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin has for the past several years been one of the national leaders in organic agricultural production, and a recently released survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows the Badger state is home to about 9 percent of the nation's total number of organ ...Read More

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai ...Read More

The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p ...Read More

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, members of the New England Farmers Union say transparent labeling is in the best interest of both farmers and consumers. Courtesy: NEFU.

CONCORD, N.H. – It already passed the U.S. House, but there is no stopping the debate over whether the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act really does inform New England consumers about GMO food. Kate Snyder, director of membership and programs with the New England Farmers Union, says it's ha ...Read More

The locally-grown food movement is growing in Kentucky, but it faces complex challenges. Credit Greg Stotelmyer.

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. - While Steve Muntz describes his farm in Montgomery County as a "small sheep farm with a few pasture poultry," his involvement in sustainable agriculture reaches across the entire southern U.S. He is executive director of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, an ...Read More

Nevada's Drought Summit explored current and future water needs. Credit: Abigail Johnson

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Drought Summit wrapped up Wednesday with a focus on tribes and conservation voices, but other voices were missing, according to Howard Watts, communications specialist with the Great Basin Water Network. Watts says the summit was dominated by big industry, water utilities ...Read More

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