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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - IA: Environment

The population of America's most well-known butterfly has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years. (Pixabay:leoleobobeo)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wildlife officials say the king of butterflies could go the way of the passenger pigeon unless people step in and plant more of the monarch caterpillars' only food source, milkweed. The monarch butterfly population has crashed, according to Naomi Edelson, senior director o

Unintentional pesticide drift can result in unsellable crops and damage the health of people and animals. (panna.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's record number of complaints about the misuse of pesticides last year has resulted in both online and in-person training for farmers to prevent a repeat of the problem. "Pesticide drift" is the biggest issue, especially when using dicamba. Dicamba has been used on and off f

Iowans who interfere with oil or natural gas pipelines now face some of the harshest penalties in the nation. (climatemarch.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are still awaiting federal and Iowa Supreme Court rulings in a case over the controversial project, but any new actions against pipelines could land them in prison for 25 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the "Sabotage" legislation, Se

About 3,000 people attended the 2017 March for Science in Des Moines last April. (sciencemag.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's primary election is less than two months away, and organizers of tomorrow's second annual "March for Science" have asked gubernatorial candidates and others to attend and share their beliefs about science with potential constituents. Multiple candidates are running

An Iowa study says grazing cattle on cover crops can put up to $60 per acre in a farmer's pocket. (michaelfields.org)

AMES, Iowa – New research says that, depending on the size of their farms, Iowa farmers can save between $350 and $40,000 per year by grazing cattle on cover crops. The two-year, on-farm research project is being conducted by ractical Farmers of Iowa in order to put a price tag on the forage p

Cover crops grew on only 2.6 percent of Iowa's nearly 23 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2016. (crop watch.unl.edu)

AMES, Iowa — A new research project is underway to explore how Iowa farmers could use cover crops as a way to prevent soil, nitrogen and phosphorus from leaving farm fields. The group, Practical Farmers of Iowa, says cover crops such as cereal rye can be planted in the fall and then terminat

Iowa now has 10,000, hog confinements compared with 722 in 2001. (www.jfaniowa.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. In 2017, Iowa's Department of Natural Resources approved 450 new or expanded hog factories. Jess Mazour

A new study says automobiles are so much cleaner than 100 years ago, perfumes and household cleaning agents are taking over the top spot for urban air pollution. (indoorpollution.info)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A new study has come up with a surprising result: Because cars are now dramatically cleaner than they used to be, products like skin lotions and indoor cleaners are becoming the dominant source of key emissions. University of Colorado lead author and scientist, Brian McDon

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