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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2019 


Speaker Pelosi sends a message to Trump – No State of the Union in Congress while shutdown continues. Also on the Thursday rundown: federal employees in Michigan to rally against the shutdown. Plus a Green New Deal in New York raises the bar for clean energy.

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Public News Service - IA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Des Moines, IA – "Local--it's what's for dinner." No, this isn't a new ad campaign--yet. But "locavores" are steadily increasing. The word was coined to describe people who strive to eat only food grown or raised close to their home. It's a trend that's already making a big difference for Iowa

Iowa City, IA - Can organic fish come from "down on the farm" -- when the farm is the aquatic version of a feedlot? The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is meeting this week to decide whether to apply its organic label to farmed salmon raised in open ne

Ames, IA - Even though more bushels come out of each acre of Iowa's organic farms every year, the perception is that organic yields are smaller those produced by conventional farming. A recent study concludes just the opposite. After nine years of field comparisons, the Leopold Center for Sustaina

Des Moines, IA – Americans aren't eating their fruits and vegetables, and the new U.S. Farm Bill could help fix that, according to an Iowa expert. Susan Roberts, with the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts out balanced diet recommendations, b

Tens of thousands of Iowa families receive some sort of government food assistance every year. Karen Ford has been at the helm of the Food Bank of Iowa for the last quarter century, and she says many Iowans are facing a dire situation as the nation marks "Hunger Awareness Day" today. “Peopl

There is a growing number of Iowans who see the benefits of buying locally produced food, but the problem has been connecting them with the farmers who grow it. Now the Iowa Farmers Union is offering a matchmaking service called the “Farm to Institution” program. Coordinator Regina Lloy

One of the last items approved and funded by the Iowa legislature during this session was the Farm to School Program. The program will encourage Iowa schools to purchase locally produced and processed foods for school lunches. State Sen. Joe Bolkcom was instrumental in making this a reality. He say

Farmers markets have continued to grow in popularity across the state, and for good reason Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says they're good for consumers' physical health, and good for the state's financial health. And he wants communities to know the federal government will be hand

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