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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Mexico's plan to slap a tariff on pork products in retaliation for aluminum and steel import levies could cost U.S. pork farmers $360 million annually. (btfrewinphotography/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The price Iowa farmers are getting for soybeans is 50 to 70 cents better than this time last year, but whether that will continue may depend on the outcome of trade talks between America and its closest allies. President Donald Trump delivered a threat to trade partners me

More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics sold in the United States are used on animals raised for food production. (Seeding Sovereignty.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The amount of antibiotics used to keep pigs from getting sick now rivals the amount consumed by humans - without evidence the pigs are getting healthier, according to a report released today. The Natural Resources Defense Council report is an in-depth look at antibiotics in the p

Unintentional pesticide drift can result in unsellable crops and damage the health of people and animals. (panna.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's record number of complaints about the misuse of pesticides last year has resulted in both online and in-person training for farmers to prevent a repeat of the problem. "Pesticide drift" is the biggest issue, especially when using dicamba. Dicamba has been used on and off f

More than 13,000 projects in all 50 states have received funding from the Rural Energy Assistance Program since 2008.(cleanenergyresourceteams.org)

AMES, Iowa – Farmers and small business owners who want to embrace renewable energy will not get any help from the federal government under the proposed farm bill headed to the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Funding for the Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP) has been eliminated

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

Soybean farmers lost an estimated $1.7 billion Wednesday as soybean futures tumbled with speculation of an impending trade war. (ilsoy.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are anxiously watching tit-for-tat tariff threats, as China has responded to import duties proposed by the Trump administration on aluminum and steel by going after products produced in states such as Iowa. China has floated tariffs on $50 billion of American go

An Iowa study says grazing cattle on cover crops can put up to $60 per acre in a farmer's pocket. (michaelfields.org)

AMES, Iowa – New research says that, depending on the size of their farms, Iowa farmers can save between $350 and $40,000 per year by grazing cattle on cover crops. The two-year, on-farm research project is being conducted by ractical Farmers of Iowa in order to put a price tag on the forage p

Congress is expected to take up reauthorization of the farm bill on April 6, following the Easter recess that begins today. (cfra.org)

AMES, Iowa – Advocates of sustainable agriculture are urging Congress to pass a farm bill that backs stronger farming conservation practices. Anna Johnson, policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says the recently introduced GROW Act, which stands for Give our Resources t

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