PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2018 

Four First Ladies take issue with separating kids from families at the border. Also on the rundown: Nebraska struggles to deliver summer meals and there are thriving rural counties in the USA.

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Public News Service - IA: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: A handful of organizations are taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being taken to court over the pollution from so-called factory farms in a case that could impact livestock producers and rural residents across Iowa. The petitions, filed in federal court, say the EPA has failed for years to address n

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl

PHOTO: A hog operation in southeast Iowa has been fined $10,000 and ordered to make repairs after a November manure spill into a tributary of the Des Moines River. Photo Credit: Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the state's largest hog operations is being fined for the spill of manure into a tributary of the Des Moines River. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined The Maschhoffs $10,000 and ordered updates to equipment after the incident last fall. In its ruli

PHOTO: In the past six years, there have been at least five manure spills from the Van Buren County hog operation of The Maschhoffs, LLC, and the latest is prompting a lawsuit. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions

DES MOINES, Iowa – After another manure spill from one of the state's largest hog operations, a coalition of community, environmental and animal welfare organizations says enough is enough. David Goodner, farm and environment organizer with the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI),

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report outlines how climate change is affecting big game, making a connection between a bleeding disease and Iowa's white-tailed deer. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

DES MOINES, Iowa - White-tailed deer are sometimes so plentiful in Iowa they're considered a nuisance. However, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, that could quickly become different because of climate change, which is affecting big-game populations around the country.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa countryside is dotted with rolling green pastures. Better management of those pastures is said to be key to increasing profit for farmers grazing beef and dairy cattle and to possibly solving an environmental problem. This Wednesday (May 23) there will be a pasture wal

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more and more people inherit Iowa farmland, more and more of these new absentee landowners are uncomfortable with the way it is currently being farmed with conventional row crops. Practical Farmers of Iowa is hearing from some absentee owners who want to make a transition in or

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