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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

An annual winter conference provides Iowa farmers the opportunity to network and share ideas. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farming is the heart of Iowa, and growers and producers from across the state have the opportunity to share ideas on how agricultural diversity can help rejuvenate rural communities. Practical Farmers of Iowa is accepting registrations for its upcoming annual conference, t

Some Iowa farms and businesses are investing in solar installations as a way to cut costs. (Vivian Evans/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Just as Iowa's crops require sunshine to grow, clean energy advocates say so does the state's economy. Part of the solar production tax credit for large utility-scaled projects expired last year. And, given Iowa's $133 million budget shortfall, there are concerns that stat

Agriculture organizations say a new cover-crop incentive program will help improve land resiliency.<br />(USDA)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Planting cover crops now could save Iowa farmers money in the future. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently kicked off a three-year project aimed at increasing acres of cover crops and improving water quality in the state. Aaron Lehman, preside

Three Iowa lawmakers sit on the House and Senate agriculture committees that are writing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. (12019/Pixabay)

DECORAH, Iowa – Iowa plays a large role in the process of creating a farm bill and, with less than one year remaining before the current bill expires, work is underway to draft legislation that will support farmers in the state. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, as well as Rep. Steve King

Iowa's pig and hog population is more than 22 million according to the USDA  more than double the state's nearest pork production rival, North Carolina. (afnewsagency/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – There is no state in the nation that produces more pork than Iowa and production is continuing to grow. But community activists concerned about the industry's impact on the environment are saying "enough." Iowa's largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, has filed applicat

Iowa is the top producer of biofuels in the country. (Andreas/Pixabay)

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa - From Iowa's Senate delegation as well as from former federal environmental officials in Washington, warnings are being issued about where the Environmental Protection Agency is headed under the guidance of Scott Pruitt. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both R-Iowa, were to

Oats are known for their hardiness but they're also a cheap source of animal feed and bedding. (Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sowing one's oats has long been an expression used to describe youthful indiscretions, but increasingly Iowa farmers are discovering that the literal application of the practice yields economic and environmental benefits. Southwest Iowa farmer Eric Madsen says the state wa

A fungus destroyed a $300,000 pumpkin crop, but traditional insurance only reimbursed $30,000. These types of situations have Iowa farmers looking at other insurance options. (127071/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An alternative to traditional farm insurance is catching the attention of the agricultural community in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. In farming - like investing - diversification is encouraged. But farmers who produce additional crops, like watermelons and sweet corn, have

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