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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - IA: Sustainable Agriculture

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

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

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

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

Iowa researchers studied cover crops ranging from turnips to radishes to pennycress, as seen here. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers, especially in today's economic climate, need to ensure they're getting the most bang for their buck. A just-completed research initiative in the state should help. The group Practical Farmers of Iowa has spent the past five years testing a dozen cover crops to deter

Grain prices are low and production costs are high, but Iowa farmers are still focused on land stewardship. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- These are challenging times for Iowa farmers, battling a global grain glut and high production costs, but that isn't stopping them from embracing a long-term conservation initiative. A record number of farmers have signed up for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, by planting co

Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm have been victims of pesticide drift. (PFI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Pesticide drift is not only unwanted and destructive, it is also illegal - and Iowa farmers are encouraged to learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Rob Faux owns Genuine Faux Farm, a certified organic vegetable and poultry operation. He happened to be outsi

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