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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Protecting Iowa's Soil, Water, Air and Farmers

December 4, 2006

Glidden, IA - A proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives would put a $280 million limit on the popular Conservation Security Program (CSP) and force the USDA to either cancel the 2007 sign-up or drastically reduce plans already committed to by CSP participants. Steve Reinart is a farmer from Glidden who signed up in 2005; he hopes Congress will fully fund this "green payments" program.

"My definite concern is getting enough money to this program so it is very viable. I think it's an excellent program that might be able to wean us from some of these commodity programs and actually give the small family farmer a chance again."

Reinart believes the program not only helps Iowa farmers stay in business; it also improves watersheds that protect Iowa's water supply.

"It's not just the money, you also have to be environmentally sensitive and socially responsible."

Reinart says CSP has proven itself since it began in 2004 with some 20,000 producers in 280 watersheds enrolling 16 million acres to improve water quality, soil quality, wildlife and other resources.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA