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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - IA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

What you eat, how you cook it and what you serve it on all are factors in making summer picnics more sustainable. (sbroady/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Picnics over the big holiday weekend present opportunities to serve up meals sustainably. Gretta Geneser, communications coordinator with Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, says that starts with where the food comes from. Locally-grown is always a good option, and it's mo

Robotic milking systems are leading to happier, healthier cows. (DeLaval.com)

WILTON, Iowa - When cows can milk when they want to instead of when farmers get around to it, they're happier and healthier. Voluntary robotic milking systems are popping up at farms in Iowa, especially in smaller operations like Blue Knoll farms in Wilton where Laura Jones is dairy manager. She sai

Farmer Aaron Lehman relies on oats and other small grains to cut down on pesticides, chemical fertilizers and reduce weeds. (PracticalFarmers.org)

POLK CITY, Iowa - Because pests like fields where the same thing grows year after year, growing oats and other small grains while the main crop takes some time off can keep pests from coming back. The practice of small-grain crop rotation has been reintroduced by a few organic growers in Iowa, suc

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as

Nearly 180,000 kids in Iowa don't get the free summer meals that are being provided in many communities. (USDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren't getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200,000 kids in need of the meals, only about 2

A bill using funds already in place says Iowa recovery efforts could be better coordinated after a natural disaster. (National Weather Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. But the goal of Senate Fil

Farmers will gather in six meetings around the state this month to help share solutions to common problems and develop long-term policy. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa - In order to build strong rural communities and farm families, Iowa farmers need to work together to solve common issues of interest. A series of six roundtable discussions and conversations in March is designed to help them do just that. Stephanie Enloe, Rural Policy Program Ass

A unique multi-state conference will be held in early March to help communities establish closer farm-to-school relations. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers, ranchers, school administrators, educators, students and community leaders from the Midwest will gather in Nebraska City, Neb., on March 2 for the Midwest Farm to School Conference. Sarah Smith, farm to school lead worker with the Center for Rural Affairs, says ma

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