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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Minnesota Hotline to Growing Organic Food Now Online

December 18, 2006

St. Paul, MN - A new toll-free hotline offers Minnesota and Midwest farmers tips about switching to organic production. If you call, Harriet Behar will answer. She's a certified organic farmer and trainer from Gays Mills, Wisconsin, who says farmers are "going organic" for various reasons.

"Part of it is a price premium they receive in the marketplace. Some of it is that the organic farming methods are environmentally-friendly and stress an independent sort of farming with less input."

Behar says sales of organic products are increasing at a rate of about 20 percent a year.

"Consumers choose organic, some for their own health and some for the environmentally-friendly methods that are used by the farmers. A lot of people say the organic food tastes better. Now, there's some science behind that; there are higher antioxidants in organic food, mostly because the soil that they're grown in is more balanced and more biologically active."

She notes that organic isn't just about crops and produce. Feed suppliers, processors, dairies and livestock farms are also going organic, and the hotline is designed to advise them, too. The hotline number is 888-551-4769.

Jim Wishner/David Law, Public News Service - MN