PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 

Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 

The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Important Deadline for WI Farms

September 28, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - The federal government is hoping to encourage Wisconsin farmers and ranchers to take better care of the land, via the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The application deadline for the first round of payments is Wednesday, September 30.

Jeff Gunderson with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) says farmers could see as much as 40,000 dollars a year for five years from the program.

"This is for farming in an environmentally-conscientious kind of way, so we really want to make sure that everyone is aware of this program and able to utilize it."

CSP is designed to help farmers and ranchers maintain, establish and increase conservation on land they're actively farming. Gunderson says many organic farmers already employ the sustainable practices that the government is trying to foster, making it more likely they'll qualify.

Gunderson says the new program can reward all farmers for what many organic farmers are already doing.

"Really, they're just being good stewards of the land, using practices that are going to promote healthy soil, clean water, wildlife habitats, and enhanced biodiversity."

Gunderson says the government is particularly concerned about soil quality, water quality, air quality, energy, erosion and biodiversity.

"So these are practices that are used commonly by organic and sustainable growers."

The new CSP program is open to all farmers, rather than tying participation to particular watersheds, as had been the
practice in the past.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI