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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Wanted: New IA Farmers to Meet Local Dinner Plate Demand

January 11, 2008

Des Moines, IA – "Local--it's what's for dinner." No, this isn't a new ad campaign--yet. But "locavores" are steadily increasing. The word was coined to describe people who strive to eat only food grown or raised close to their home. It's a trend that's already making a big difference for Iowa farmers.

The Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference begins today at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, and one topic that will get lots of attention is how to meet strong consumer demands for more locally grown, grass-fed and organic foods. Past president Susan Jutz runs ZJ Farms in Johnson County and hears from consumers first-hand.

"I've seen this incredible shift from people not knowing what we were talking about when we talked about local foods and community-supported agriculture, to people knowing about it and wanting it."

She says the shift in consumer tastes is now so dramatic that the demand is getting ahead of the ability to supply it. As a result, the Practical Farmers are making efforts to recruit new farmers and ranchers in order to keep consumers' plates full of locally produced food.

"There's this demand and we need farmers, so part of our goal is to attract farmers who might be interested in doing something to meet this market demand."

Jutz admits it's hard to say how many new farmers will be needed in the years to come, but since it takes time to start up such a farming operation, she urges those who are interested to get involved now.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA