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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding hungry families, on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: The newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we'll return first thing Friday.)

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Archive: November 28, 2012

PHOTO: Many health-conscious Michiganders like to buy organic fruits and vegetables and buy them locally, but Congress' inability to pass a farm bill could make it a bit more difficult.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Many health-conscious Michiganders like to buy organic fruits and vegetables and buy them locally, but Congress' inability to pass a national Farm Bill could make it a little more difficult. That's because farmers who grow organic get a bit of a boost from the federal governme ...Read More

PHOTO: Andrea Clemens made the transition from arranging flowers in a floral shop, to growing and selling her own. Photo courtesy of Clemens.

WHITEWATER, Wis. - Five years ago, Andrea Clemens was a city girl, working in a flower shop in Milwaukee. Now, she grows and sells her own flowers as a business, near Whitewater. Clemens is one of the new generation of farmers who didn't grow up on a farm or inherit land from her parents. Instead, s ...Read More

PHOTO: Mien growers learning about sustainable strawberry production in a program that's at risk of losing funding if Congress doesn't act on a farm bill soon. Photo credit: NCAT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's immigrant and minority farmers may be losing access to an innovative program that helps train them to become successful farmers. The "Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program" could lose funding if Congress doesn't act on a Far ...Read More

Photo: Chris Strout on his mountain bike. Courtesy: Chris Strout/Pisgah SORBA

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - For the first time in its history, the U.S. Forest Service is placing greater importance on watershed protection when it comes to long-term planning. In western North Carolina, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will be two of the first to have their plans revised with the n ...Read More

Photo: Adolescent Health Summit. Courtesy: The Duke Endowment Fund

RALEIGH, N.C. - Health education is a primary factor in keeping North Carolina's children healthy. That was the consensus at a meeting of health care professionals and advocates at the Adolescent Health Summit held in Raleigh on Tuesday. Among the positive news discussed: a drop in the rates of yout ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleanor Bailey gets a small amount of federal assistance that allows her to hold a job and live independently, says her father, Michael Bailey. Courtesy of Michael Bailey.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's members of Congress are each taking different routes to address the federal budget deficit. Today, advocates for people who depend on the so-called "Big Three" - Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - converge on Capitol Hill in Washington. They're asking lawmakers, as th ...Read More

PHOTO: Some soil experts say a 2 percent increase in organic matter is worth between 40 and 50 dollars per acre in reduced input costs and greatly increase soil water holding capacity in the spring.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Conservation measures taken by farmers have long worked to help stop soil erosion, but these days, those practices might also help reduce crop loss caused by drought in the coming year. Wade Dooley farms more than 1200 acres near Des Moines, and says leaving organic material beh ...Read More

PHOTO: In Iowa there is now some money available for vocational training, verses getting a traditional education.

DES MOINES, Iowa - For students looking for an inexpensive gateway to higher education, Iowa's community colleges are popular starting points. There have always been need-based loans and grants available for students seeking degrees, but little aid for those looking for vocational training. This yea ...Read More

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