PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

New Group of OH Farmers Can Sign on For Water, Soil Protection

April 14, 2008

Columbus, OH – This spring, a new group of Ohio farmers can join a popular farm stewardship program. Supporters are hoping the new U.S. Farm Bill, now being debated in Congress, will make it available statewide.

The Conservation Security Program (CSP) takes applications from farmers in the Sandusky River basin starting the end of this week. Carol Goland, of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, says it's a chance for farmers to make money while doing a public service, and she hopes farmers in the area will take advantage of the opportunity.

"It's a program that helps the public reward farmers who are investing in clean water, healthy soils and wildlife habitat, which ultimately will benefit all of us."

Goland says, despite limited funding, the CSP has enrolled farmers representing more than 16 million acres nationwide. However, because the program has never been fully funded, it has been put into place piecemeal, only for land located in the watersheds of certain regions. With the Farm Bill still in the works, she adds, there's an opportunity to give more farmers a chance to sign on.

"We're looking for this next Farm Bill to make the program available to farmers across the country."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding workshops about the program this week in Ohio. Interested farmers can call 419-898-6431 for information.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OH