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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2018 


Updates on Trump tariffs and his Supreme Court nominee. Also on the Wednesday rundown: New Hampshire in the news in a clean energy report; and doctors address the rise of AFib – a serious and sometimes invisible cardiac issue.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

In 2017, roughly 60 percent of Iowa's farmland was owned by people age 65 and older – with 35 percent of the total farmland owned by people older than 75. (aces.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers learn fast there's no substitute for experience, and that's why many Iowa farmers are getting help from elders in the business who are willing to share their knowledge. When Bart VerEllen of Centerville became a farmer in mid-life, he joined a two-year support and

Amidst tariff talks, Iowa hosted the nation's largest outdoor farm equipment show this week. (Josh Flint/Farm Progress Show)

BOONE, Iowa – Farmers want to get as much out of the soil as they put into it, and many say the use of cover crops is helping them. Paul Ackley is sharing his story this week with other farmers at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, specifically how to integrate cattle and sheep into a cover-cr

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

Extreme weather, from severe tornadoes to flash-flooding rains to extreme heat and drought, has hit Iowa and other Midwestern states this summer, and experts predict it's here to stay. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hotter temperatures, more rainfall, higher humidity and greater weather extremes are what's ahead for Iowa, according to new climate projections available from the Climate Science Special Report. The data was gathered for the fourth annual National Climate Assessment. Gene

China and Mexico are the two largest customers for U.S. soybeans, and as Iowa farmers know all too well this year, uncertainty swirls around trade negotiations with both nations. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers hit with dropping prices for crops and livestock in retaliation for U.S. tariffs received word on Tuesday that the Trump administration has put together a $12 billion aid package. However, some are saying it isn't nearly enough, and they'd prefer to see the trade war

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

The Conservation Stewardship Program is America's largest working-lands conservation program with more than 72 million acres enrolled, roughly the size of Nevada. (landstewardshipproject.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Concerns are being raised about cuts to programs in the latest version of the Farm Bill that could undermine Iowa farmers' progress on sustainable agriculture. The controversial bill passed by only two votes in the U.S. House last week, with all Democrats opposed and 20 Re

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