PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 

The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 

Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Lyons, NE – After closer examination of the U.S. House of Representatives' farm bill, the Center for Rural Affairs concludes it would actually provide larger subsidies to the nation's biggest farms instead of tightening farm payment limitations. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook says the bil

Cresco, IA – Many of the neighbors of large livestock confinement operations are retired seniors, and the hog lots may be affecting their physical and financial health, according to recent studies in Iowa and North Carolina. The studies report elderly face weakened immune systems from waterbor

Des Moines, IA – The Minneapolis bridge collapse has encouraged many to take a look at some of Iowa’s outdated roads and bridges for replacement or repair. The Governor has already turned down the idea of a hike in the state gas tax to pay for the work, but Neil Ritchie with the League

"Two versions of the new U.S. Farm Bill will be awaiting Congress when it returns from its summer vacation. Iowa Farmers Union president Chris Petersen says the two proposals both take giant strides in increased funding for sustainable agriculture and beginning farmers but they slide backwards with

It isn't often that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources rejects a construction permit for a factory farm, but that's what happened to a proposed Adams County operation. Now the company, Swine Graphics, is appealing that rejection to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, which is meeting

Many Iowans live within a few miles of where food is grown, but very few venture out to the farms to buy their food directly from producers. As part of a statewide “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign, farmers in the Quad Cities area are hosting farm tours this weekend, with stops at farms,

Iowa is known worldwide for growing corn and raising hogs, and wine may soon join the mix. This weekend twelve professional judges will be at the Des Moines Area Community College for the first ever Mid-American Wine Competition. Eleven commercial wineries from several Midwest states, including Io

For the last eight months, residents of Cass County have been fighting a plan by Prestage Farms to build a 4,800 head hog confinement operation there. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ruled in favor of the company's permit application. This week a busload of citizens delivered a letter t

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