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PNS Daily News - November 21, 2019 


Sondland confirms a Ukraine quid pro quo; $1.5 trillion on the line for states in the 2020 Census Count; and time's almost up to weigh-in on proposed SNAP cuts.

2020Talks - November 21, 2019 


Last night, ten candidates took the stage for a more civil debate than we've seen so far this cycle to talk about issues from climate change to corruption in politics - but there were some tense moments.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Congress will soon begin writing the 2007 Farm Bill, the core document of U.S farm policy. This coming weekend Senator Tom Harkin, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will hold a series of Farm Bill listening sessions in Iowa. Dan Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs says this is a golde

Currently, Iowa has a patchwork of rules and regulations governing livestock confinement operations. The House Environmental Protection Committee has approved a bill that would overhaul and strengthen the current regulations. The bill's sponsor, Representative Mark Kuhn, says if passed, it would

As if farming wasn't tough enough, an Iowa agricultural expert predicts the state's farmers will soon face an entirely new series of challenges, including climate change, water shortages and the end of cheap energy. Fred Kirschenmann of Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricu

Governor Culver has a little more than two weeks to make an important decision about the environmental direction of the state. Four of the nine members of the Iowa Environmental Protection Committee, the state's chief environmental rule-making body, must either be reappointed or replaced by March 1

Every year, tons of precious Iowa topsoil wash away into rivers and lakes, damaging water quality and leaving less fertile soil behind. Soil scientist Jeremy Singer with the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames says there's a way to stop this waste. The best solution may be "cover crops," grains s

Last year, Senator Grassley tried and failed to get a provision through Congress that would require a percentage of all hogs to be sold on the open market instead of being raised and slaughtered by packers. During this session of the legislature there will be a bill introduced to require a quarter o

Des Moines, IA - When the State Legislature goes back into session next month, a decision will likely be made over who controls how many factory farms and where they can exist in Iowa. While counties currently regulate the location of any industrial facility, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Glidden, IA - A proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives would put a $280 million limit on the popular Conservation Security Program (CSP) and force the USDA to either cancel the 2007 sign-up or drastically reduce plans already committed to by CSP participants. Steve Reinart is a farmer fro

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