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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - IA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

By one estimate, Iowa cover-crop acres increased by 22 percent in 2017 to 760,000 total acres. But the rate of growth was 10 percent lower than in 2016. (earthtimes.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — For generations, Iowa's topsoil has been called "black gold." And many farmers are working to keep it that way by renewing their focus on soil health. Iowa consistently finishes first or second in the country in the production of corn, oats and soybeans. By protecting tops

Iowa farmer Danelle Myer started her One Farm on a half-acre in 2011 to grow tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, beets and other vegetables. (Danelle Myer)

LOGAN, Iowa – Iowa vegetable farmer Danelle Myer admits she was both a bit headstrong and starry-eyed when she started farming in Harrison County, and that's why she's eager to share lessons learned from her seven-year undertaking. Myer is participating in the Whole Farm Financial Project th

Chef Robert Anderson with the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College is a recipient of the L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques award from the French Republic. (dmacc.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa chef who has taught thousands of students the difference between trussing and tossing over the past 43 years is in his final weeks with the Iowa Culinary Institute. Executive Chef Robert Anderson at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently was recognized

Democrats on the losing side of the Agriculture Committee's vote to forward the 2018 Farm Bill to the full House say a provision to remove 2 million people from food stamps will never pass. (nrdc.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018 Farm Bill is now headed to the House floor in Washington after Wednesday's approval by the GOP-controlled House Agriculture Committee on a party-line vote. In addition to requiring new work and job requirements from those who receive food stamps, sustainable farmi

A dozen eggs from cage-free chickens typically cost at least a dollar more than conventional eggs. (mercyforanimals.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Center for Food Safety and Mercy for Animals are calling on Iowa's governor to veto a controversial bill passed by the state Legislature that could make some retailers sell battery-caged eggs whether they want to or not. The law could require grocery stores to sell con

Three Iowa lawmakers sit on the House and Senate agriculture committees that are writing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. (12019/Pixabay)

DECORAH, Iowa – Iowa plays a large role in the process of creating a farm bill and, with less than one year remaining before the current bill expires, work is underway to draft legislation that will support farmers in the state. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, as well as Rep. Steve King

A fungus destroyed a $300,000 pumpkin crop, but traditional insurance only reimbursed $30,000. These types of situations have Iowa farmers looking at other insurance options. (127071/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An alternative to traditional farm insurance is catching the attention of the agricultural community in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. In farming - like investing - diversification is encouraged. But farmers who produce additional crops, like watermelons and sweet corn, have

Public health veterinarians play a vital role in ensuring sanitary procedures are followed. (Schweiz/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – When you think of the field of veterinary science, you probably think of people who treat family pets, but veterinarians also play a vital role in food safety, where their dwindling ranks have both federal and state officials worried. Public-health veterinarians, who under

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