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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was one of 13 U.S. senators who voted against a new Farm Bill on Tuesday, saying it did not include critical reforms that would help young and beginning farmers. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - People who use and value farming-conservation practices are applauding parts of the U.S. Senate's newly passed Farm Bill. They think the legislation will benefit beginning farmers and help sustain the vitality of rural communities. The Conservation Stewardship Program, which pays

A law passed by Californians earlier this month will dictate how egg producers in other states raise their chickens if they want to sell their eggs in the Golden State. (scpr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Some 1,800 miles separate Iowa from California, but a law passed by voters there could affect how many Iowa eggs are sold in the Golden State four years from now. At the polls this month, voters approved a measure that requires all eggs sold in California come from cage-fr

After a rebound last year, farm income is forecast to drop 13 percent this year, in part because of the trade war hitting soybeans. (sdsoybean.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Globalization has been both good and bad for American farmers, and that fact is hitting home especially hard for Iowa soybean growers this fall. Increased free trade opened up new soybean markets in Mexico, the European Union and especially China. So far, Iowa farmers rema

To address water-quality issues, Iowa became the first state to analyze every watershed within its borders this year and assess conservation practice implementation. (iowapha.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Earlier this year, Iowa beefed up its "Nutrient Reduction Strategy" program to improve water quality, and farmers are weighing the costs and social risks of compliance. Iowa's water quality is at risk due to runoff from farmland, primarily caused by storms and crop tilling

Some Iowans see conservation funding in the farm bill as a driver for the state's rural economy. (pheasantsforever.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa conservation groups are urging Congress to maintain funding for working lands conservation programs as lawmakers negotiate the pending farm bill. Nearly 98 percent of Iowa's 33 million acres are privately owned, meaning it's up to farmers, ranchers and other landowner

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

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